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Ten-year-old Bobby and a group of friends see Bobby's mother kissing a man not her husband. Despite serious concerns about Bobby, a divorce ensues and Bobby, although thoroughly disenchanted with his mother, is sent away with her where month after month despite all her efforts he grows more depressed, dreaming of reunification with his beloved father. On returning to his father at vacation, he finds him preoccupied with an impending second marriage. Bobby suffers a serious breakdown but is nevertheless packed off to military school. Written by
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Bobby is a miserable kid--mostly because his parents totally suck. Bobby and his friends discover his mother necking...with another man! Soon, his parents divorce and the boy is forced to live with his selfish mother. But it's not just the mother--Bobby's father is always away on business and just never seems to have any time for the kid. Not surprisingly, the kid is confused and depressed...and yet the parents either don't notice or just don't care. Eventually the poor boy is just shuffled off to a military boarding school after the parents divorce in order to make life easier for the parents! Is there any hope for Bobby?
This is a terribly depressing film (at least until the end) and an excellent film for anyone to see who is contemplating divorce or who wants to have a kid. After all, it manages to show the pain and impact on the kid without being too heavy-handed. Well worth seeing not just for this reason but because it feels so emotionally true and honest. A low-budget, simple but super-effective film that is a bit of a sleeper.
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