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Albert! Or, My Life in the Ocean (2010)

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A psychological-realist film set in the early 1960's American Midwest about a thirteen year old boy whose dream is to run away to California and surf. A film about love and abandonment, escapism and surrender.

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Matthew C. Anderson (as Matthew Anderson)

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Matthew C. Anderson (as Matthew Anderson)
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Credited cast:
Thomas Bell ... Jonathan
Carl Crudup Carl Crudup ... Simon
Scott Dewey Scott Dewey ... Record Shop Owner
Robin Ray Eller ... Loretta
Precious Holloway ... Marilyn
Trevor Jackson ... Albert
Curtis Jermaine Curtis Jermaine ... The Man (as Curtis Taylor)
Amira Lumbly Amira Lumbly ... Teacher (as Rufaro Walls-Lumbly)
Malik Proctor Malik Proctor ... Bobby
Malcolm Ridley Malcolm Ridley ... School Kid
Mark E. Ridley ... Principal (as Mark Ridley)
Dante Swain ... Marcus
Paul Vincent Paul Vincent ... Nathan
Bobby Wilson Bobby Wilson ... The Jon
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A psychological-realist film set in the early 1960's American Midwest about a thirteen year old boy whose dream is to run away to California and surf. A film about love and abandonment, escapism and surrender.

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USA

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English

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Simon: I ain't eatin' nothing that whore gives me!
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a beautiful coming of age film
2 April 2013 | by phyllis-meehanSee all my reviews

Albert is a wonderful film. It's the story of a young black boy, growing up in the 1960s Midwest. He has dreams about heading to California, but times are rough for his family and friends. Albert searches for a male role model, and finds one in his grandfather, who lives with the family. He struggles with wanting to act the man for his mother, but ultimately still is a child who needs comfort and love.

The cinematography, soundtrack, and characters are all really well done. It's a beautifully acted film and a pleasure to watch. It touches on some difficult issues, and really captures the difficulty of being young but wanting to feel powerful. The feel of the movie is dreamy, and the imagination behind it is solid.


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