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About a Girl (2001)

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A girl tells the story of her life and hopes for the future.

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Credited cast:
Ashley Thewlis ...
Girl
John Slater ...
Father
Sue Jaynes ...
Mother
Laren Creek
Sarah Patel ...
Friend
Jill Regan ...
Friend
Kimberly Perkins ...
Friend
Jo Midgley ...
Shop Assistant
James Brent ...
Boy #1
Lee Shepherd ...
Boy #2
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A girl tells the story of her life and hopes for the future.

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Profound, endearing, and ultimately shocking and very sad.
1 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A film short that leaves a lasting impression. Initially about a teenage girl who narrates her story through what seems like a typically naive philosophy on life, still holding onto the dreams of childhood while experiencing the transition into the stark realisation of adulthood and the first understanding of disappointment. It manages to instill a feeling of charm and endearment while depicting the neo-realistic impressions of inner-city hardships. But gradually through the narrative we get a darker feeling that something is not as innocent as we think. The dénouement is profound and shocking, as unexpected as it is sad.

Like a good short story should be, this shows us enough of a window into a life that we come away knowing the young girl's life story, and we can hazard a guess as to her future. Hemingway's maxim that you only need show ten-percent of the whole story rings true. This film deserved to win awards; the direction and camera-work are superb, the script and acting extraordinarily good. Quite easily one of the best short films I've ever seen.


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