I don't even know how to talk about how great this film is. Astonishing formal beauty captures wordless states of the young girl. The shifts in apparent size and the metaphorical resonance of the first scene are intense and so right. Later shifts in scale of the girl as she walks above the city give us a kind of image of her growth. So smart, so beautiful, so empathic, I hope Samantha directs again. And again.
A touching story. Morton's career choices in cinema have always been interesting and thought-provoking so I'm not surprised that her directorial debut brings the POV of a girl put into a Short Term 12-like situation. The film handles the subject material honestly and with finesse; not preachy like Closet Land. Lauren presents a likely and bad future for Lucy. The final shot is quite amazing; makes you think.
Take a deep dive into the life of a lonely little girl who's world is still mystical and at times overwhelming. Molly Windsor's presence on camera is incredible. Samantha Morton's understanding of cinematic language is exceptional. Made for TV it still trumps many of the major releases I've seen in the past year. The experience and message of this picture continues to resonate and I will definitely watch again.
This is a perfect example of why, in general, I do not like music in films. This could have been an excellent film, but the music completely detracts from it, even drowning out the dialogue in one scene, and totally ruining the ending. If I want to listen to music, I will put on some music. I would've liked to have understood what everyone was saying, and the dialect is difficult enough without loud music to drown it
400 Blows it certainly is not! However, I found it to be quite compelling. Loved the thoughtful mood of the film. At times the heavy accent or the loud music make it difficult to grasp the words but just enjoyed watching the emotion of the main character. She draws you into her inner space and the music mirrors the harshness of her life. She is an absolutely marvelous actor. Definitely worth watching!
Although there are moments when the film feels excessively despairing to a fault, this an undeniably heartbreaking depiction of a child's desperate search for an unattainable belonging. Windsor's performance is perfectly understated as her character is almost dulled by a hopelessness that is never overwhelming yet always permeating.
Whats with British Actors making one off directorial debuts that are wonderful downbeat working class films about Britian. Tim roth Gary Oldman and Paddy cosindine all made classic but bleak dramas. Samantha Morton joins that list with this semi based on her own upbrininging and does herself Justice even though i don't think it tops those three guys films. A Must see.
heartbreaking. this film was so sad, tragic and at times brutal, but yet the story has a great social significance. morton has the beginnings of an auteur, and an excellent one at that. her style recalls Ozu. she has a real eye for symbolic moments, and the social realism of this almost crys out to the audience.