More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Yelling to the Sky,” a drama about a troubled high schooler — not the remarkable true story of the men and women who guided space jumper Felxi Baumgartner via radio headset.
Director: Victoria Mahoney
Cast: Zoë Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Jason Clarke
Current Criticwire Average: C- (out of 4 critics)
Official Synopsis: “A Golden Bear nominee from the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and Official Selection of the SXSW and Deauville American Film Festivals, ‘Yelling to the Sky’ stars Zoe Kravitz as Sweetness O’Hara, an introspective and shy teenager who tries to blend into the crowded halls of her high school. But an increasingly complex home life and a growing threat at school soon carry her into a world of reckless ambivalence. A visceral coming-of-age story, ‘Yelling to the Sky’ features a sobering, breakthrough performance from Kravitz, with an all-star supporting cast including Jason Clarke; Gabourey Sidibe; Tim Blake Nelson and Antonique Smith.”
“A powerful, emotional film that takes a look at the harsh reality of a girl growing up in a neighbourhood of poverty and crime.”
“The Cinematic Equivalent Of Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew.'”
“An elliptical portrait of at-risk youth.”
“Victoria Mahoney shows great promise as a director.”
“Strong on texture but taxingly light on narrative.”
“Yelling to the Sky” is now available on VOD, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, and playing in New York City.