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Sad and comforting portrait of an eleven year Amsterdam girl
18 September 2004 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Try to see this film, even and especially if you are not Dutch. IN Dutch, with English subtitles.

It is the story of an eleven-year old girl who looks like a ordinary young girl, though she doesn't live in an average family. Her mother committed suicide when Desi was only 18 months old. Now she sleeps with her caring, but uninterested jobless father and his unbalanced bit of a wacko "girlfriend", Desi's grandparents or her best friend, who does live in a loving harmonious family. Every time she leaves school she uses her cellphone to investigate where her next sleeping place will be tonight.

The Director is Maria Ramos. She made this documentary, winning the audience award at International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam and as kind of controversial. Though she is honest in her approach towards Desi, and makes a very loving and realistic portrait of the kid, the form she used (use of, position of the camera) made part of the audience doubt if it was a realistic one. I was absolutely moved by the documentary. Being a documentary, there is a point in doubting the chosen form. Is this a documentary? Isn't it fictionalized in a certain way? Do we care? Desi turns out to be a "normal" smart and caring girl, with all the basic needs she misses on the age one should not need seeking every night a new place to sleep.


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