Stella is a beautiful film that captures something we haven't seen before in programs/films about autism: Hope. I've never seen autism depicted this way. It's a gorgeous film to look at and listen to clearly made with a skilled and artful hand. The film shows an ordinary day of an 8 year old autistic girl and her service dog. The filmmaker is able to convey (in 5 minutes) a sense of beauty and isolation with her condition, her surroundings, and her routine. It's done with restraint too it seems her life isn't all negative or completely rosy.
In many ways it's a silent film; but more accurately it's pure cinema, which is another way of saying the images and how they are arranged (edited) say everything. The music works perfectly. You don't need a talking head telling you what the girl's problems are, or a clinical definition of what autism is because the film is from her point of view and that's what draws you in.
People should see this film especially if you know or live with someone with autism. The other point of interest is her service dog which clearly has a positive effect on her life and ability to cope. Those of you who know autism will understand what that means. The previous reviewer (Rents) was unfair to this work, and perhaps the lack of dialogue frustrated him/her, but I'll tell you this film is very effective and on the contrary not bland in the slightest way. I know it played several times in the Mpls/St. Paul area (I've seen it twice, at MSPIFF and Solstice FF) and audiences seem to love it.
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