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Title:
Speak
Author:
Sharzer, Jessica, 1972-
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Los Angeles, CA : Showtime Entertainment, [2005]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Speak unfolds a story about Melinda, a smart and spirited high school freshman who retreats into self-imposed silence after she is raped one night at a party. Eventually through her work in art class, she begins to reach out to others.
General Note:
Title from container.

Originally broadcast on Showtime in 2004.

Based on the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Special features: photo gallery; director's commentary; filmographies; study guide; behind the scenes.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG-13.
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9781594472367
UPC:
758445115925
Format :
DVD

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Award-winning short filmmaker Jessica Sharzer makes her feature debut with the teen drama Speak, based on the young-adult novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Kristen Stewart stars as high school freshman Melinda, who has lost her ability to speak. Ever since a traumatic event that occurred at a party over the summer, she has chosen to remain silent. She's abandoned by her friends, while her mother Joyce (Elizabeth Perkins) is too wrapped up in her own problems to notice. By recalling the details of the past situation, it becomes clear that a date rape occurred. Yet no one has offered her support in order to deal with the psychological consequences. Eventually her art teacher Mr. Freeman (Steve Zahn) reaches out, helping her develop ways to express herself. Also starring Hallee Hirsh and Eric Lively. Speak premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum competition. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi