Towelhead (2007) film poster

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Towelhead (2007)


How Can You Find Yourself If No One Can See You?


  • Release Date:

    Sep 26, 2008

  • Genre:

    Drama

  • Stars:

    Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette


Film Summary

Towelhead movie review: Against the backdrop of the first Gulf War, Jasira Maroun is 13, physically well developed but naive and unable to say no. As puberty arrives, her mother sends her from Syracuse to Houston to her curt, up-tight, Lebanese-born father. Over the next few months, Jasira must navigate her father's strict indifference, her discovery of sexual pleasure, the casual racism of a neighbor boy and her classmates, the sexual advances of the boy's father, the proffered friendship of a pregnant neighbor, and her attraction to Thomas, an African-American classmate whom her father forbids her to see.

Big question: Can writer Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), adapting Alica Erian's novel in his feature directorial debut, explore the suburbs’ dark side with the same spice as he did in American Beauty?

Skip it: Though offering a similar set-up (and the same composer) as American Beauty, Towelhead isn't nearly as crisp, both in its vaguely drawn characters or its ugly washed-out visual style. The movie actually says and achieves very little: It doesn't break down racism or challenge stereotypes about body image—and its time period seems arbitrary when an updated, present-day story of racial tension and fear during wartime would be much more useful.

Catch it: The movie generally resists judging its characters. Macdissi is very good at balancing a father's overprotectiveness and neediness, and Bishil's fearless—though arguably unrevealing—performance depicts the tough decisions a child deprived of parental guidance and support is forced to make. Both are more valuable than the movie’s message about prejudice in the South. Ya don't say!

Bottom line: Ball writes with such self-importance that you may be fooled into thinking suburbia is being analyzed rather than generalized, as Towelhead deals in extremes that toe the line of provocation without questioning the line itself. It will give you lots to discuss without necessarily contributing much to the conversation. Source: Metromix


Film Details

Director(s):

Alan Ball

Cast:

Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Chris Messina, Robert Baker
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