A feast for the heart and mind alike, filled with tender moments of daily teenage life turned upside-down by clumsy desire and hormonal hiccups, Amy George tells the story of Jesse, the 13 year old only child of Riverdale intellectuals.
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Though the pacing well captured the time of early adolescence, it was as tough to swallow as those vitamins shoved under the mattress. I wanted to cunt punt the mother, and the father was as useful as a limp dick. Del Castillo Mullally and Natasha Allen shine. Nice analog touchpoints - film camera, cordless phone, card catalog, the aunt pulling out the hardcover dictionary. I loved the ending. Loved it. Oh Canada.
I thought the characters were caricatures and the storyline of a boy's coming of age story is cliched. I wish the filmmakers had done more than merely broach the idea of consent, it could have been so much more complex. Instead they presented it as a binary yes/no situation, with the black sheep sister (only interesting character) speaking for the young girl, whose voice we never really hear.
A remarkably self-assured debut for the filmmakers, and though there are a few rough spots technically (shaky camera, less than perfect sound, a few uneven performances from the supporting players) and a bit of shapelessness to the story, it adds up to a satisfying experience. And it makes me happy to add another couple of young Canadian filmmakers to my radar.
This is a remarkably subtle film. I don't think this is really a coming to age film, despite appearances, though it certainly plays with the genre. It is definitely a film I need to see again -- a clear sign of an intelligent film (the director doesn't do all the work for the viewer!). Nice production values given the limited budget, well directed, and a superb performance by the young actor playing Jesse.