Written October 09, 2015
This is one of those movies you want to see a second time because the first time you're on the edge of your seat wondering where this is all going. It's not unlike Winter's Bone in it's depiction of poverty and the isolation it brings. Social workers, anthropologists, and medical practioners should see this film. It's rated PG-13, but I don't think you'd want to take your kids unless you're trying to scare them. The squirels scene in Winter's Bone was tame in comparison. The music and score will stick with you too.
Written February 12, 2016
We went to this movie because of the great reviews. Little girl is cute, but truth is the story line and the setting are very depressing and squalid. Definitely would not recommend this disturbing movie about uneducated, drunk, pitiful people being portrayed like they are conveying deep truths. Wish we had gone to see something else!
Written August 01, 2015
The young actress was endearing but not exceptional and since she was the main attraction for most viewers, I wouldn't go overboard w/ any great praise for the movie. Her lines were actually minimal.
I found the story grim.
Written August 02, 2015
Given all the Oscar buzz, I finally dragged myself to see this movie, and I'm glad I did. The movie is set in a fictional shanty town in an island off New Orleans, and follows the relationship between an ailing single dad and his young daughter. The dad practices self-reliance and tries to instill that through tough-love parenting to his daughter amid a catastrophic flood caused by melting of global ice caps. It is a dreamy movie where the plot flow doesn't matter as much as the characters and the cinematography. The movie would be mesmerizing if it had developed more the role of the fictional beasts called Aurochs that were released from melting ice, but they really don't play a role until the very end of the movie. This is a movie for adults and thinking teens, and not for teens that want action rather than acting. Even though I am leery of movies that are "must go" from critics, I was pleasantly surprised by how a movie with a thin plot can nevertheless be very powerful.
Written April 21, 2015
Highly original film. Exquisite sense of place. The actors were terrific. I really enjoyed the music in it as well. If I had any negative criticism, there is an atttempt for the cinematographer to reduce the point of view to that of the child, the result being that some scenes have a very claustrophobic quality to them. I would recommend this film enthusiastically.