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Stop the Pounding Heart

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Roberto Minervini

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About the Movie

Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents homeschool their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Stop the Pounding Heart" transcends both the red state-blue state split and limited, didactic ideas of cinematic realism. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Sep 18, 2014

Fresh: Where Heart excels, however, is simply in capturing the rhythm of life. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Sep 16, 2014

Fresh: A modest film made with an authenticity that commands respect, Stop the Pounding Heart adopts fundaments of neorealism and cinema verite to consider issues of faith, family and personal conviction. – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 16, 2014

Rotten: Minervini places these two non-actors in the same arena and no sparks whatsoever fly. It's a tedious, patience-testing experience that could reward only cinephiles and the curious. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, Mar 12, 2015

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2014

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