A heartfelt story of a teenage outcast and the relationship with his school principal (possibly also an outcast). Nicely shot and some good performances (with the obligatory whimsical piano motif throughout), not a hell of a lot happens, but that’s cool, that’s life.
Warm and humane, a film about the hardships of adolescence, the school - a place where the (real?) world of adults meets and shapes its future. The characters are interesting, they all bring something different to the story; but then you realise it's a wasted opportunity - no character development, no focus, and somewhere half-way it starts to wander around different ideas. The flat and abrupt ending doesn't help.
Overall, this is a small film that does so much right that it's easy to forgive some of the mistakes. It's a shame that it builds up to something that doesn't really satisfy as it should, but that's the way of life, and films like this tend to value that approach over easy brownie points.
A sweet coming of age film if a little predictable; marred by a soundtrack which is rather tinkly, but the main character 'Terri' redeems it with his deft fusion of awkward adolescence emerging from childlike innocence. The journey is an inward one, of deeper undercurrents of grace and self-reliance, pitted against the usual cruelties of teenagers in their combative jockeying for position of alpha dickhead.
Good advert for the job of head teacher. You get to spend all your time hanging out with misfit kids, being a pal to them all to cheer up their dreary troubled days. No paperwork/executive decisions/lengthy complex meetings/responsibility etc. Despite the unrealistic traits, it's quite a watchable film. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy.
i kept trusting that this movie would fill in. the characters all had such potential to be interesting and dynamic! but the script just never showed it. there's also not ever really a point to why things happen, which just felt like a waste of time to me. watch this movie if you enjoy american indie mediocracy, otherwise skip it.
I found the building of the characters not convincing, switching traits without any reason so that in the end you cannot get any outline for any of them. Also, it is full of clichés which are a bit more tempered than in mainstream movies, but they are still very obvious and force a humour which doesn't come naturally for the viewer.
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