All Over Me (film)

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All Over Me
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlex Sichel
Produced byDolly Hall
Written bySylvia Sichel
StarringAlison Folland
Tara Subkoff
Music byLeisha Hailey
Miki Navazio
CinematographyJoe DeSalvo
Edited bySabine Hoffmann
Baldini Pictures
Medusa Pictures
Slam Pictures
Distributed byAlliance Films
Fine Line Features
Release date
Running time
90 mins.
CountryUnited States
Box office$150,646 (Domestic)

All Over Me is a 1997 drama film directed by Alex Sichel and written by her sister, Sylvia Sichel. Alex Sichel received a grant from the Princess Grace Foundation to make a film about the riot grrrl music scene and then asked her sister to collaborate with her.[1]

The soundtrack featured musicians and bands such as Ani DiFranco, Sleater-Kinney, Babes in Toyland and many more.


This film focuses on Claude (Alison Folland), a teenage girl who lives in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, and is the story of her sexual discovery and budding lesbianism during summer vacation. Claude's best friend is Ellen (Tara Subkoff). Her plan to start a band with Ellen is subverted when Ellen begins dating Mark (Cole Hauser).

Claude discovers that Luke (Pat Briggs), a gay musician who has just moved into her apartment building, has been stabbed to death in what might have been a hate crime. Ellen hints at the fact that she was there when Luke was killed, but Claude keeps her mouth shut in order to protect her. Claude then goes to a gay bar and meets Lucy (Leisha Hailey), a pink-haired guitarist who is playing in the house band. Claude goes to Lucy's apartment, but freaks out and leaves, returning to her apartment to find Ellen waiting for her. They have a fight which ends with Claude screaming that she would die without Ellen.

Claude goes out along with Ellen and Mark on one of their dates; Mark gives Ellen downers which make her violently ill. Claude brings her to the bathroom and forces her to vomit, and Ellen refers to Claude as her "Knight in Shining Armor." Mark is visibly furious but manages to contain himself. Claude leaves and goes to Lucy's apartment again, but leaves after a brief make-out session. On the way home, Claude is ambushed in the street by Mark, who questions her relationship with Ellen. Claude threatens to tell the police about Mark's possible involvement in Luke's death due in large part that she is worried that he is leading Ellen down a dark path.

Claude goes home to find Ellen waiting for her. Claude tells her that they need to tell the police about Mark, but Ellen says she would go to jail if they knew about her involvement. Claude says she would never let that happen. Claude kisses Ellen and tells her that she loves her. Ellen tells Claude not to say that, and Claude leaves. The next day, Claude cleans out her room, removing all traces of Ellen. She goes to the police before work. Later, the police comes into her workplace and takes Mark away for questioning. Ellen tells Claude that she hates her. Claude says that she knows, and that she's sorry. Claude then starts seeing Lucy.


Ratings and distribution[edit]

The MPAA gave All Over Me an R rating for sexuality and drug use involving teen girls, and for strong language. The film premiered at the 1997 Berlin International Film Festival where it played in the Panorama section.[2] It went on to show at several festivals including the 1997 Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the 1998 Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. It opened in American theaters on April 25, 1997 distributed by Fine Line Features.[3] It was released in Australian theaters on February 19, 1998. It was released onto Region 1 DVD on June 14, 2005 distributed by Image Entertainment. It was released on Region 2 DVD on April 8, 2002 distributed by Millivres Multimedia.[4]



Critical response to All Over Me was generally positive. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a "fresh" rating of 84% based on 25 reviews.[5] Critics were impressed with this directorial debut and described it as powerful and conspicuously well-made.[6][7] They praised the Sichel sisters for telling a story of adolescence and friendship which is at once honest, realistic and authentic, while remaining subtle, subdued and compassionate.[8][9] Emanuel Levy called it complex and interesting, and Marjorie Baumgarten called it a film for "riot grrrls of all ages".[6][10] Janet Maslin of The New York Times praised it as a confident first feature but said that it has more style than substance.[7] Its detractors included Don Willmot, who found it melodramatic, and E!, which described it as titillating but contrived; "a walk on the mild side".[11][12]

Alison Folland was widely praised by critics for her performance as Claude. Emanuel Levy called her an instinctive actress who "dominates every frame of the picture".[6] Janet Maslin said Folland brings a "wistful sincerity" to the role.[7] Tara Subkoff was also praised for a performance compared by some to Rosanna Arquette.[7][10] Not all the critics liked her portrayal of Ellen; E! called her "merely grating".[12]

With its coming-of-age theme and exploration of teenage sexuality, All Over Me drew comparisons from critics to other films, in particular Larry Clark's Kids and Maria Maggenti's The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, both from 1995.[8][10][13] Although similarities were noted, All Over Me was praised for its differences to these two films. E! called it gentler than Kids, and Muskewitz said All Over Me was less exploitative than that film.[9][12] Emanual Levy described it as the far more interesting and complex of the two.[6] Ron Wells said "thank god it's not Kids" and Bernstein said that "comparison misses the point".[14][15] When comparing it to The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love, Emanuel Levy called All Over Me "much more accomplished".[6] SplicedWire called it " an ideal companion feature for Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse, another female-centred coming-of-age film from the mid-1990s.[16]


All Over Me won the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 1997 Berlin International Film Festival.[17] It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, the Open Palm Award at the 1997 Gotham Awards and the Outstanding Film (Limited Release) Award at the 1998 GLAAD Media Awards. Alison Folland was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.


The film score for All Over me was composed by Miki Navazio.[18] The soundtrack to the film was released on the TVT label on April 29, 1997.[19] It features songs from several indie and riot grrl musicians interspersed with parts of Navazio's score.

All Over Me
Soundtrack album
ReleasedApril 29, 1997
ProducerBill Coleman, Alex Sichel
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [20]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hello" (Lori Barbero, Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman) performed by Babes in Toyland
  2. "Ellen and Claude Jammin" (Miki Navazio)
  3. "Shy" performed by Ani Difranco
  4. "Hole In The Ground" (Mary Timony) performed by Helium
  5. "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone" (Corin Tucker, Lora McFarlane) performed by Sleater-Kinney
  6. "Game Song" (Tuscadero) performed by Tuscadero
  7. "Jackie Blue" (Larry Lee, Steve Cash) performed by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  8. "Claude Sees Ellen And Mark" (Navazio)
  9. "Squeezebox Days" (Leisha Hailey) performed by The Murmurs
  10. "Dragon Lady" (Carla Bozulich, Daniel Keenan, Kevin Fitzgerald, William Tutton) performed by Geraldine Fibbers
  11. "Dynamite" (Alison Pipitone) performed by Pipitone
  12. "Empty Glasses" (Kim Deal) performed by The Amps
  13. "Descent" (Remy Zero) performed by Remy Zero
  14. "6 a.m. Jullander Shere" (Tjinder Singh) performed by Cornershop
  15. "The Kiss" (Navazio)
  16. "Dimming Soul" (Michelle Malone) performed by Malone
  17. "Pissing in a River" (Patti Smith, Ivan Kral) performed by Patti Smith Group
  18. "Superglider" (Isabel Monteiro, Daron Robinson) performed by Drugstore
  19. "Finale" (Navazio)
  20. "Something's Burning" (12 Rounds) performed by 12 Rounds

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "1997 Programme". Berlinale. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  3. ^ "All Over Me (1997)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  4. ^ "All Over Me (1997) DVD".
  5. ^ "All Over Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  6. ^ a b c d e Levy, Emanuel. "Film Review - All Over Me". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  7. ^ a b c d Maslin, Janet (1997-04-25). "All Over Me (1996) - Friendship Bent by Gender". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  8. ^ a b Guthmann, Edward (1997-04-25). "Teens as They Really Are - All Over Me gets inside adolescent girls' troubled world". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  9. ^ a b Muskewitz, Greg. "All Over Me - Talent All Around". Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  10. ^ a b c Baumgarten, Marjorie (1997-07-04). "All Over Me". The Austin Chronicle. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
  11. ^ Willmott, Don (2005). "All Over Me Movie Review". Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  12. ^ a b c "All Over Me - E! Reviews". E! Online. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  13. ^ Russo, Lea. "All Over Me Review". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  14. ^ Wells, Ron (1997-04-14). "All Over Me Review". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  15. ^ Bernstein, Nell (1997-04-25). "The Truth About Girls". Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  16. ^ "All Over Me Review". Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  17. ^ "TEDDY TWENTY TRIBUTE - Berlinale to celebrate the TEDDY with a programme of 36 films". Berlinale. 2005-12-14. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  18. ^ "Filmmaker Biographies". Fine Line Features - All Over Me Official Site. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  19. ^ "All Over Me > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  20. ^ All Over Me at AllMusic

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