Tart (film)

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Tart (2002).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Christina Wayne
Produced by Patrick Choi
Written by Christina Wayne
Starring Dominique Swain
Brad Renfro
Bijou Phillips
Nora Zehetner
Mischa Barton
Alberta Watson
Michael Murphy
Myles Jeffrey
Scott Thompson
Melanie Griffith
Music by Jeehun Hwang
Cinematography Stephen Kazmierski
Edited by Ray Hubley
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Release dates June 15, 2001
Running time 94 minutes
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $3.3 million

Tart is a 2001 coming of age film starring Dominique Swain, Bijou Phillips, and Brad Renfro.[1]


Cat Storm (Dominique Swain) is a teenager attending an elite preparatory school in Manhattan in the 1980s. Cat begins to fall in with the popular crowd at her prep school, abandoning her longtime friend, Delilah (Bijou Phillips), who is expelled from the school. Cat surrounds herself with some of the school's most popular students, befriending Grace (Mischa Barton), an English exchange student.

Amidst struggles at home between her divorced parents, Cat becomes attracted to William Sellers (Brad Renfro), a delinquent who comes from an abusive household, and who also is significantly less wealthy than his peers. William and Cat pursue a brief relationship, which he ends, leaving Cat distraught. After some of Cat's anti-semitic friends find out her father is Jewish, she is ostracized, and only accepted by the prim Eloise (Lacey Chabert), who befriends her.

Hearing about a party hosted by Delilah on the beach in The Hamptons, Cat goes to stay the night with Eloise at her house, using it as an opportunity to attend the party. There, she confronts Delilah, and the two argue about Cat abandoning her, but make up. Delilah walks to a nearby gay bar where she asks one of the patrons whom she knows if she could get a ride back into the city with Cat. While there, she stumbles upon William receiving oral sex from a male drug dealer. William chases after Delilah and confronts her in the woods on her way back to the beach, and the two get into an argument. He pushes her, causing her to hit her head on a rock. Delilah screams at him and threatens to press charges, and, in a panic, he beats her to death.

The following morning, after searching for Delilah, Cat discovers that Delilah's body has been found. After school that afternoon, the paparazzi and reporters interview the students with questions about Delilah, and they all deem her "reckless" and have little to say of her. The film ends with Cat and her mother resolving their own familial conflict and her mother apologizing to her in Central Park.



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