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The mother of thirteen year-old Andrew passed away three days ago, leaving him under the care of his stepfather, who is not a cruel man but an uncaring and non-understanding one. Andrew's mother was his ideal guide in a world that has been less than hospitable to their poor and broken family. His inability to bring his mother back - which he thought he could do by fixing her beloved radio - coupled with being ashamed of the family's poverty, which in turn results in ridicule by his classmates, leads Andrew to rebel against the world around him. Any hope of Andrew getting over this traumatic period in his life will depend on the caring of individuals who understand what he is going through, these people who include the school counselor and a psychologist. Written by
Like many films produced and directed by Sid Davis, this one was recorded silently. The sound was recorded later and synched to fit the picture; in many cases, Arthur Swerdloff, the editor, cut to another shot to allow him to re-sync the audio and the video. See also, Gang Boy (1954). See more »
While the film grammar may seem a bit stilted in places, and there are some issues with lighting and focus, the framing is excellent and the film overall is both compelling and touching. The film focuses on a troubled young boy whose mother has recently died and whose stepfather is stern and unloving. Parts of the film are surreal, showing for instance a montage including a toy boxer, a burning lightbulb, pool balls spinning about, and a wailing saxophone, unexplained, whereas other parts such as the scenes at school are dealt with realistically. The conclusion is especially affecting, and nearly moves me to tears every time.
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