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The Dead Kid (2013)

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The Dead Kid is the story of Annie Baxter who, at the height of the Atlanta Child Murders in 1980, witnesses a young boy's torment and his eventual disappearance as suspicions surround a ... See full summary »

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Kyerra Cheyenne ...
Jean
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Mr. Dunbar
Devin Clark ...
Ted
DJ Clark ...
Jimmer
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Mr. Baxter
Darryl L. Clark ...
Mean Boys Dad
Jacqueline Dixon-Fair ...
Jean's Mom
Alisa Drew ...
Kid #3
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Mr. Thomas
Chelsea Keenan ...
Jean's Sister
Jacqueline Keenan ...
Jean's Sister
Marc Keenan ...
Jean's Dad
Kipp Kidd ...
The Biker
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The Dead Kid is the story of Annie Baxter who, at the height of the Atlanta Child Murders in 1980, witnesses a young boy's torment and his eventual disappearance as suspicions surround a pair of bullies and the reclusive proprietor of the city's dump. Written by Anonymous

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We'd played with each other... before it mattered who was friends with whom.


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Gregory Goyins' masterpiece.
28 August 2013 | by (Orange) – See all my reviews

And so it is. After much promise--flashes of intelligence, isolated moments of brilliance-- Goyins puts it all together in what is certainly his most mature film. Set in the early '80s, The Dead Kid relates the tragic story of an adolescent boy's disappearance in a small coastal town. It is told through the eyes of a same-aged girl (Mandalynn Carlson) whose growing awareness of the surrounding incidents (the boy was bullied by locals) provides a sturdy, empathetic core. Unabashedly literary (based on a short story by Gillian King, who shares screenplay credit), the film effortlessly moves through a nonlinear narrative space, interweaving first person narration with observational storytelling to create a dense, emotionally rich texture. The cinematography has a warm, glowing, nostalgic sheen, and every production detail is calibrated for maximum emotional effect. There are numerous felicitous touches (such as the "Greek chorus" of kids that ease the transitions between scenes) but the biggest revelation, at least to this viewer, is that Goyins proves himself, after the old soul world-weariness of After the Denim and the shocking body horror of Vitriolage, a sensitive director of children. But to say so doesn't convey the full effect of watching The Dead Kid. It has to be seen to be believed. Goyins and his team of collaborators have made a small classic that speaks to specific social issues (race, class, bullying, etc.) without neglecting the all important human element. In short, it is a major accomplishment.


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