Written December 29, 2014
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.
Written January 26, 2015
This movie takes you into a world where many of us have never dared to venture,
(but could find ourselves one day!). In spite of all of the apparent suffering, poverty and addiction symptoms of the disenfranchised, we find people who have connection and community with the earth, the sea and each other This is also the story of a father's drive to use his last remaining breaths,which is all that he has, to empower his daughter to survive, thrive, and assume her connection with all living things; which is more, I'm sure, than most young middle and upper class girls (and boys) will ever get from either of their parents.
Written July 30, 2014
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 December 25, 2014
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 06, 2012
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.