short, atmospheric glimpse at a school in oakland for children with mental health issues. baillie's camera is direct but never exploitative. about 7 minutes of the 10 minute total running time consist of normal kid stuff, more or less. as it probably should be. this would make a nice double feature with farrokhzad's "the house is black."
One of the most beautiful, honest, and poetic look of children the cinema has offered. Childhood expressed perfectly in ten minutes. It's surprising how well Baillie manages the material to the point that the children's disabilities have no purpose in the film; the children are represented just as normal as any other child, and their experience can represent the childhood experience for all children.