From Publishers Weekly The devastating story of brothers Lafayette and Pharoah Rivers, children of the Chicago ghetto, is powerfully told here by Kotlowitz, a Wall Street Journal reporter ... See full summary »
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Alcoholic Billy reflects on his country-music career that never happened and beats his wife Glory Marie, also a drunk. Grown-up son Hank has moved away, but teenaged Phoebe and sensitive nine-year-old Bird have to live in the bleak alcoholic atmosphere. Problems escalate after a tragic event. The three females move into a trailer where the girls are subjected to a torrent of abuse from their mom. Fortunately, benign Miss Zora appears like a guardian angel to lift their spirits. Written by
I've seen the film twice but unfortunately from the scene when Gloria Mary loses her tooth. Tina played the role very well as if you're watching real life scenes not a movie. I was touched by her innocent expressions, childly looks and voice. One of the most heart-touching scenes is that when she asks her mother for a bike. Although her mother refused, she innocently kept talking about the bike. Also, the commentary on the last scenes when Bird described those moments took my feelings to the peak that I was shocked that the film ended that way. I felt so sorry for Bird that I wish to see a part-II when the family gather back. I decided to buy the book and I'm sure that when I read it I will always visualize the same characters as in the movie.
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