Childhood is the happiest time of our lives simply because we still ignore what is wrong with the world and the people living in it. This film shows the moment when a kid begins to suffer at being beaten by tragedy (the loss of his mother and his dog) and disorientation (sexuality), but realizes is the time of shaping his own identity and character to endure.
Another film which by the setup should appeal to all my sensibilities with a nostalgic and lyrical tale of love and loss from a young age. Well, although I found nothing to really find issue with I still felt a bit distant from the film itself nothing did quite stick with me. A nice film.
Surprisingly engaging coming of age story from director Lasse Hallstrom. The simple story is told with great depth and authenticity, rich characters and excellent authentic performances from its young cast. It manages to be gently emotional without ever getting too sentimental, and quirky and offbeat without going too far over the top.