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Greta's dad Tom is moving the family cross-country in a dented station wagon, promising a California paradise to his kids. All that's missing is Mom.

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Kim Reid ...
Mom
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Tom
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Cashier
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Tatum
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Chief Greene (as Daniel Martin)
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Agnes
Mike Lutgen ...
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Girl at the Bar (as Tawny Ellis)
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Mrs. Acres
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Evan Acres (as Andrew Koles)
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Greta's dad Tom is moving the family cross-country in a dented station wagon, promising a California paradise to his kids. All that's missing is Mom.

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Tessa Allen has a brief cameo in the film as Lisa, the girl who waves and smiles at Greta at school at the end of the film See more »

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Tom's short fuse is set off again when he is going to be charged $49 for the entrance fee to the Grand Canyon National Park ($25 for the vehicle plus $12 for each for 2 "adults".) The fee would actually have been only $25, as per the Park's website fee schedule: "Grand Canyon National Park Vehicle Permit- $25.00 (U.S. Dollars) Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers." The entrance fee for "Individuals" entering without a vehicle (walking, bike, etc.,) is $12 each. See more »

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Greta: Do you ever feel like your face isn't yours?
Nat: What do you mean?
Greta: Sometimes I just feel like my brain isn't even connected to my face. Like it's a stranger's or something.
Nat: If I were you, I'd really wish my face was a stranger's.
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"Quiet, involving and commendable..."
15 February 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

American screenwriter and director Olivia Silver's feature film debut which she wrote, is based on her short film called "Little Canyon" (2008). It premiered in the Generations section at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on locations in USA and is an American production which was produced by producers Jai Stefan, Julien Favre and Silenn Thomas. It tells the story about a twelve-year-old girl named Greta, her older sister Caroline and her younger brother Nat who leaves their old home with their father Tom who promises them that they will get a better life in California and that their mother Jane will join them in ten days. While on the road, Caroline is thinking about her boyfriend Noah, Nat is looking forward to seeing the Grand Canyon and Greta worries about their mother.

Finely and subtly directed by American filmmaker Olivia Silver, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a gripping portrayal of a mindful adolescent girl who begins questioning her father's compelling promises. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions and fine cinematography by cinematographer Eric Lin, this narrative-driven and tangible coming-of-age road-movie depicts a perceptive study of character and contains a great score by the American band The Low Anthem.

This humane and intelligible indie drama about a father and his three children who are on the move, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, natural characters and dialog and the empathic acting performances by American actor John Hawkes, American actress Ryan Simpkins, American actress Kendall Toole in her debut feature film role and American child actor Ty Simpkins. A quiet, involving and commendable directorial debut which gained the Crystal Bear Generation Kplus at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012.


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