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Developing (1994)

"Developing" is a short film, dealing with breast cancer in a single mother. As well as dealing with the disease she also has to bring herself to level with her daughter, who is just barely... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Frances Conroy ... Clare
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Alec
Mary Ann Hannon Mary Ann Hannon ... Head Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauren Cohn ... Bree
Martin L. Evans Martin L. Evans ... David
Dee Ann Newkirk Dee Ann Newkirk ... Beautiful Woman
Natalie Portman ... Nina
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"Developing" is a short film, dealing with breast cancer in a single mother. As well as dealing with the disease she also has to bring herself to level with her daughter, who is just barely scratching the surface of puberty. What can she possibly understand about the emotional and psychological trauma her mother must endure? Written by Rick Siote <rep@earthling.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Has never been released in theaters nor officially on Video or DVD. Natalie Portman was asked to make a little "student film" by a family friend whose daughter was a film student. She shot it before the Léon (1994) release with a crew mostly comprised of students. See more »

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Full of potential
20 March 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

I'm sure that a lot of people will watch this out of curiosity since this was Natalie Portman's first film role but it's actually quite a good little short.

The film is about a photographer named Clare (Frances Conroy) who has to have a double mastectomy to combat her breast cancer. Clare is a single mother who lives with her daughter Nina. As the sole parent in Nina's life Clare tries to take a pragmatic view of her mastectomy but she begins to have feelings of self doubt and fear and anger, emotions which she tries to stomp down to protect Nina, even as her resentment begins to come out as she uses the beautiful Nina as the frequent subject of her photographs.

This is low-budget filmmaking, so some of the shots/edits are a bit sloppy but there is enough talent there to make this a solid watch. The script in particular is really strong and manages to cover a lot of ground even if it is a bit too on the nose in places. Conroy and Portman are excellent in their roles as mother and daughter.


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