"Loading a 16mm camera with black-and-white “short ends,” (Rockwell ) casts his two young (children) as leads and sends them roaming little-shown byways of Los Angeles in search of a replacement for their goldfish’s dead mate. With nods to the cinematic anarchy of John Cassavetes and Jean Vigo"...Variety.
First things first, this film has an outstanding soundtrack. Director Rockwell does a fantastic job withholding parental involvement in these kids whimsical endeavors around the slums of LA. The adventure that this film follows is only amplified in meaning when you analyze the overt symbolism that is laced in the animals in this movie. The use of black and white as a veil between reality and beyond is breathtaking.
A short little indie film (only an hour) but packed with a sweet little emotional wallop. It's hard to classify or properly judge small films like this since the kid "actors" are really just playing themselves. But the moments captured by the director Rockwell are very innocent and pure. It's a delightful slice of poor life and of childhood innocence. Quite touching... especially the ending.
Films like these are always fraught with the pitfalls of children actors. This film does not fully evade it. The two children clearly do not feel fully comfortable on screen and their struggles translate difficulties understanding them on screen. It becomes a challenge to understand them and prevented immersion into the narrative. The film had the potential to capture the imagination, but just missed the mark.
Little Feet is a charming and whimsical film showcasing a sense of resourcefulness and wonderment that only children could possess. Alexandre Rockwell elegantly put together a heartfelt film that poses questions about life and death in subtle ways. Little Feet is incredibly graceful and sophisticated while also quirky and easy to watch. The adventures the two children take on to escape a drab life hits home.
The film Little feet directed by Alexandre Rockwell is a child's perspective of dealing with death, I really enjoyed the hidden metaphors within the movie. By hidden metaphors I'm talking about The feather scene and how it is very similar to the movie Forrest Gumps famous line “ I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both”.
For a simple and low budget film Rockwell’s Little Feet takes interesting look at child’s perspective on dealing with death and loss on their own. Rockwell does this by using their fish symbolizes the children’s parents with losing one, their mother, and taking care of the other, their father. Lana and Nico work through the loss by setting out a adventure to find a friend for their fish Curly.