This film is not for everyone, but it does make everyone think ...
Is this a film with a happy ending and "everything is awesome" vibe? No, not at all but it is one about emotions and how we all try to go along in our daily life regardless of the circumstances or age. It is a film for any one who has had less than stellar parents and for someone who has not been the most present and accessible parent themselves. This film lets you be a fly on the wall for ONE DAY in this family's life and how the kids internalize their mother leaving them alone. It encapsulates so many raw and subtle emotions though into this one small glimpse. The nuances how the mother bolts out of the driveway, how Harper just knows that she is in charge of her siblings but for how long, how we are reminded that she is just a young girl in the park talking to a boy, the not so subtle ways how the boys take out their frustrations on each other, and how they just seem to get through the day. I know that some of the other reviews have had a very strong reaction to a scene with the boys. Having been the kid in Harper's shoes making sure everyone is OK and having been the younger sibling where you have this feeling that something is wrong yet no one is acknowledging it and having had to internalize those feelings, I had a very different reaction to the scene with the boys. I think they know something is of and their aggression toward one another is the only way they know how to express those feelings and they just sort of came from deep within. I remember thinking in that moment, wow other kids felt that way too, although I didn't resort to outward violence to express it and turned it inward on myself instead. There aren't many movies out there about depression, and certainly not from the kids perspective. That is what is refreshing about this film, because there isn't anything else out there like it.
- Oct 3, 2015
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