Roberto Minervini works with a crew of no more than five. He films from the shoulder, without extra lighting; each shot must be done in one take. Thanks to this sober, documentary-like approach, Minervini gets extremely close to his characters, always amateurs who basically play themselves.
In Stop the Pounding Heart, the final part of Minervini’s Texas trilogy, these are 14-year-old Sara and the slightly older Colby. She has been brought up in a deeply religious family of 14 goat herders. He comes from a less dogmatic family and wants to be a rodeo rider. Their cautiously blossoming puppy love is one of pure naivety, but launches Sara into a stormy identity crisis. The ideals she has grown up with are no longer as self-evident as her Bible-quoting parents taught her.
Moulded in a very realistic style, the film explores the religious fundamentalism, traditional gender relationships and conservative norms and values that shape life in rural America.


Filmmaker
Roberto Minervini
Country
USA, Belgium, Italy
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
100’
Language
English
Producer
Roberto Minervini
Production Company
Pulpa Entertainment
Sales
Doc & Film International
Writer
Roberto Minervini
Cinematography
Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos
Editor
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Sound Design
Ingrid Simon, Thomas Gauder
Cast
Sara Carlson, Colby Trichell
Website
http://docandfilm.com/en/cinema/stop-the-pounding-heart-4