Every text is political. That's one way to be critical of something. My point is this film plays with fire. It's politicized already and waves a big political flag by using the coast of Louisiana with a "big storm" coming, a stereotypical angry-black daddy that can't control himself in the white-washed clinic... "We don't need anyone's help, the homeless are happy being homeless! Everything is going to be OK for the black girl, she's tough!" Shit like that, wrapped up in the aesthetic of a Levi's commercial. It's not a very sensitive film. It's an exploitative film... I don't know if Zeitlin really understands the weightiness of his subject.
i found the camera's obsession with her legs and ass troubling. not to claim a child is not a sexual creature, but the gaze upon her body is really obvious at times. i've thought a lot more about this film, as well as read many other people's reviews. a lot of us seem to agree it has a lot of problems and zeitlin is in way over his head