When twelve-year old Jesse Hawthorn moves to a rural community with her emotionally distant father and bratty younger sister, she has a hard time trying to adjust in her new town. For starters, she is boyish looking and takes great pleasure in collecting crickets and other assorted insects. Jesse has also attracted the unwanted attention of Brenda Richards, a girl whose personal mission seems to be to complete Jesse's misery by bullying and harassing her. To top it all off, she has just killed yet another one of her good "friends"; a woolly bear caterpillar that she had been keeping inside of a plastic bubble gum container in spite of the warnings from her science teacher, Mr. Jordan. When Jesse reluctantly accepts an invitation to join the lunch table of her sympathetic neighbor Jacob and his two friends Howie and Lucille, she begins her transformative path of self-discovery. Along the way Jesse and Jacob take over an abandoned van, discover punk rock music, and the exhilaration of ... Written by
Sara St. Martin Lynne
Another one of those magical experiences watching a film, where all the elements come together in a way where a "small" film can say so much, and move the viewer in such beautiful and meaningful ways, while offering an entertaining time, as well. The performances from young and adult actors, soundtrack, sets and scenery, dialog, story and plot, etc., all were pitch perfect. Examining what for many are those very difficult middle school/junior high school years, the film shows the painful challenges of that time, yet also shows the possibilities in negotiating those challenges, when there are concerned friends, family members and teachers available (as long as that concern is informed by accurate knowledge, skills and abilities)and kids find the encouragement to live an authentic life. Moving along both sides of the line between what is and what could be, in an environment that is at times all too real and at times seemingly an invented world (as in films like "Big Eden," and "Local Hero") "Night Fliers" is a real treat.
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