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Esteban

Rating(9/10)

road trip buddy comedy, sex farce, chick flick
US, 2013, English, 90 minutes, color

description
Farah Mahtab, a woman in her 20s, tries to lose her virginity while campaigning across America for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004. Farah and her friends K.J. and Roopa follow the campaign trail across historic Route 66 on their way to Ohio, the central battleground state of 2004, seizing control of this charged moment in their lives and the life of their country. Roopa aspires to a job in politics, K.J. brawls her way through a personal motivation to end the war in Iraq, and Farah struggles to locate not just her desirability, but her desire. Though they’re advised to focus on “purple” states where Kerry stands a chance of winning, they naively campaign in states like Texas. We know how the election turns out–but will Farah meet her personal goal for their American odyssey?

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contributors
cast Nikohl Boosheri, Kandis Erickson, Kiran Deol, Michael Steger, Samrat Chakrabarti, Lyman Ward
director Meera Menon
producers Laura Goode, Danielle Firoozi, Erica Fishman, Liz Singh
screenwriters Meera Menon, Laura Goode
cinematographer Paul Gleason
editors Meera Menon, Kate Hickey

summary review
Funny, interesting, filled with a number of interesting themes and ideas. Very well produced with good production values. Quite remarkable for a first film.

ratings
script/story (9/10)
acting (9/10)
cinematography (9/10)
technical quality (9/10)
afterglow (9/10)
Overall (9/10)

 

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