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This is a tender, heart-rending movie. Should be a classic
Sooner is a girl raised in isolation by a crazy old woman. She has never known love, affection, or manners. After being given to a kind, loving, childless couple, Sooner goes to school for the first time and makes friends for the first time. Through the support of a loving teacher, Sooner realizes that though she is ignorant, she can learn. The most poignant part of the movie for me was the part with Sooner's pet. She had cared for and learned to love a bird (a pigeon, I think). To realize the capacity for which she loves this bird makes what she does so much more pathetic. The bird can't fly (kind of representative of Sooner's own emotional disabilities). One day in the front yard, Sooner's "friends" start throwing tiny pebbles at the bird to try and make it fly. It becomes a real stoning in which Sooner eventually takes part. The bird subsequently dies, with stones covering it. The foster mother comes running out yelling and screaming as the kids scatter. Sooner looks sadly at her bird and realizes what she's done, only to make her feel worse is her foster mother yelling. Well, she runs back to the hills and the parents go find her, eventually adopting her. It's a beautiful story. I've seen it once and will never forget it.
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