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I was moved by this one, and I'm a rock. Even though I did not like one of the morals of the story - that if you get a child, you can overcome alcoholism and lead a better life. Unfortunately that's a romantic dream challenged by many an alcoholic as an escape route, and I've seen many try and fail with the children caught up in the mess as victims.
But it's beautifully acted. The story is a tragic one, but it's told in a wonderful "laughter-through-tears" way.
Very nice framing too, and silent and emotional shots - not boring at all. Deeply moving. Thanks for this one.
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