Written August 02, 2015
Of the many hundreds of films I see on the screen each year, there are a rare few that defy the commercial mold, that stand the test of purity which genuinely transcends the imaginable. The portrait painted here is so real, so harsh, so unbelievably ugly, yet in its repulsiveness so totally beautiful, it's impossible not to be humbled by its message. Don't see this movie expecting common entertainment. If that's the goal, you might want to look next door. What you'll find here is a world you'll likely never see anywhere else, yet as real as the one in which you and I live. This is a stunning film, unlike any other I have ever seen and I see nearly everything that's produced annually for domestic commercial exhibition, including most of the festival fare. If you love movies, really love movies, you must see this one. It will undoubtedly become a part of the most important textbooks on film making, as it stands unique among all movies ever made. See it but prepare for the unexpected.
Written January 27, 2015
I had wanted to see this movie since I read an excellent review before its national release. It did not disappoint. The young actree (and star) was absolutely captivating and gave an Oscar-worthy performance.
It is NOT for children although there are a few children featured.
Do go see it!
Written September 30, 2014
A 6 year old tries to fend for herself in a community of alcoholics living in remote coastal Louisiana.
Interesting photography, stark, disturbing scenery, a wonderful child actor, but the story left me way behind.
Not entertaining. Maybe informative, maybe wrenching, maybe "good for you," but not entertaining.
Written July 28, 2012
I really enjoyed this movie. I 'm not sure how I'd describe it. Moving, funny, parts were disturbing. But it did leave me with a good feeling in the end.
Written July 10, 2012
A small girl tries to make sense of her world, a poverty stricken island off the coast of Louisiana, when she must deal with disaster, sickness, ignorance, squalor and despair. The performances are terrific and the photography is marvelous, but the story itself can be depressing.