It takes nothing for granted; it doesn’t record performances and deliver a story but seems to reinvent the very material of its existence . . . as it unfolds onscreen. It also heralds the arrival of a great actor, Helena Howard, who was a teen-ager when the film was made . . . it’s simply one of the most powerful, inventive, and daring performances by a teen-ager that I’ve ever seen.
January 26, 2019