Written September 04, 2015
First, the trailer is deceptive. The trailer makes it look like it is a "feel good, inspirational" movie for kids. Wrong. It is a gritty reality movie about people who are very poor alcoholics living in squalor in the swamps of Louisiana pre and post Katrina.
Second, why is it that movies have million dollar budgets but can't afford a tripod? I would have loved to actually have been able to watch the movie, which did have amazing visual footage, but I spent most of my time with my eyes closed, battling being queasy. The film was done with 80% closeup shots that imitated what one would see if they were watching footage of a kid's birthday party if it was shot with a hand held camera by a drunken relative going through detox. What possible reason did the director have for making the film unwatchable. I even moved to the very back row of the theater to minimize the bouncy camera action. Even my teenage children complained that it was difficult to watch.
Written July 15, 2012
This is the worst movie I've seen in quite some time. It's depressing and disjointed from start to finish. The symbolisms are obsurd. From my perspective, there were no redeeming moments in this dismal slice of life.
Written February 01, 2015
Special effects: boring
Unanswered questions: dozens
Plot: nearly nonexistent
Acting: the only worthwhile aspect of the film
Bottom line: not worth the price of the ticket
Written October 10, 2015
Interestingly, that the previous reviews are all definately either "Love or Hate". It is difficult for me to understand why anyone would not be moved by this movie. Perhaps it is uncomfortable for them to be made aware of how dire other peoples lives can be.... in your own country. There are no words more telling than the positive ones before mine....but this child should definately be an Oscar nominee. thru her optomism and courage, she pulls you in and takes you with her on this journey...and I was really glad to be along with her.
Written October 01, 2014
Wowee. This movie has all the epic themes: nature vs civilization, fathers & daughters, love in many forms, and so fascinating you cannot look away from the screen.