Sean Baker
USA 2012
104 min

STARLET explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane, and 85-year-old Sadie, two women whose worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Melissa and Mikey, while taking care of her Chihuahua, Starlet. Sadie, an elderly widow, passes her days alone, tending to her flower garden. After a confrontation between the women at Sadie's yard sale, Jane uncovers a hidden stash of money inside a relic from Sadie’s past. Jane attempts to befriend the caustic older woman in an effort to solve her dilemma and secrets emerge as their relationship grows.

“A drama of self-discovery and self-acceptance fueled by two discoveries: Dree Hemingway gives a performance of flaky charm and tender sensitivity in her first leading role, and 85-year old Besedka Johnson, who in her first-ever acting role is tough but lovable as a woman who didn’t expect to make any more friends in life.” (Mark Olsen) 

In the presence of Radium Cheung (Co-Producer, Cinematographer).


  • Dree Hemingway - Jane
  • Besedka Johnson - Sadie
  • Stella Maeve - Melissa
  • James Ransone - Mikey
  • Karren Karagulian - Arash
  • Sean Baker
  • Chris Bergoch
  • Radium Cheung
  • Irin Strauss
  • Sean Baker
  • Mari Yuri
  • Shih-Ching Tsou
Freestyle Picture Company, Mangusta Films, Cre Film Production, Maybach/Cunningham

Rezo Films

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