This is the sad story of three kids who are alone; three dirty-faced angels and a stubborn wish: to get to the border and cross it to a place that represents not so much a different country as a different world and the promise of a new life. Adolescence is yet another frontier two of them are closing in to, and every step they take together –alongside the youngest one, who’s six years-old– has an element of initiation: the nights spent on a train station; the water collected from a stream and the bread obtained thanks to the toothless smile of the youngest one; the meetings with strangers, who are sometimes generous but also hostile; a sneak peak at a sexual encounter in the woods. An expert with children actors, Kedzierzawska knows how to avoid easy sentimentalism and gratuitous display of misery, and relies on the authenticity in the relationships between her young stars, who protect each other –with no lack of disagreements, fights, or the occasional and very natural mean deeds– and translate their deprived and difficult world into an impulse for freedom. –Mar del Plata International Film Festival
Dorota Kędzierzawska (born 1 June 1957 in Łódź) is a Polish director of feature and documentary films.
Kędzierzawska graduated from the National Film School in Łódź in 1981 but prior to that had completed a course in cultural studies at the University of Łódź and studied film directing in Moscow for two years.
In her films Kędzierzawska concentrates on the experiences of disadvantaged children who contend with a difficult financial situation, rejection by adults, or both. Her characters are usually women, hopelessly fighting for the love of their men. —Wikipedia
Based on a true story, a humanistic compassionate story of childhood in the streets The use of the non professional cast was very good and added a new dimension. I think Dorotha had control and knew what she wanted when choosing a non professional cast The movie is not a child's movie and has allusions to the children being refused asylum a political swing on the refugees being reduced to mere puppets of authority