• Pariah (2011)


Release Date: December 28th, 2011

DVD Release Date: April 24th, 2012

R |1 hr 26 min

Plot Summary

Teenage Alike (Adepero Oduye) lives in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse). A lesbian, Alike quietly embraces her identity and is looking for her first lover, but she wonders how much she can truly confide in her family, especially with her parents' marriage already strained. When Alike's mother presses her to befriend a colleague's daughter (Aasha Davis), Alike finds the gal to be a pleasant companion.

Cast: Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell, Sahra Mellesse, Kim Wayans, Shamika Cotton, Anthony Thomas

Director: Dee Rees

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Northstar, Pariah Films

Keywords: 2010s, Forbidden love, Mother, Moving, Family, Sister, Intense, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80

    Pariah wouldn't work without Oduye's luminous performance, capturing the emotional nuances of a character not prone to letting her emotions show. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    First-timer Dee Rees offers a fresh take on the overfamiliar coming-out genre. show more

  • 90
    Ella TaylorNPR

    The movie is anything but combative. Pariah is a tender, sporadically goofy, yet candid examination of emergent identity, a film whose lack of attitude sets it apart from much of the hard-bitten, thug-life storytelling that's dominated African-American cinema for decades. show more

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