Written July 22, 2012
Really liked this fresh, unique film. Watching the amazing child actress alone is worth the price of admission. Rough characters, rough landscape, rough (unpolished) cinematography all work to provide a surrealistic experience. References to post-Katrina delta and melting ice caps give us scary reminders, but the art of the filmmaking stops short of hitting us over the head with preaching about ecology.
Written January 28, 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 November 28, 2014
Just horrendous and a sooooo boring, where people do irritating things -- refuse medical care, refuse a better living situation. I kept hearing how great this movie was and I was completely taken aback at how NOT oscar worthy this movie is. A couple people in my theater even walked out.
Written July 03, 2015
This movie will blow you away with the story line. It is very well written and it's actually one of the 1st movies I have seen in a long time where I would watch it again at the theater. I recommend this to anyone. It will surprise you and melt your heart at the same time.
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.