I feel a review is necessary to justify my rating. First, this film is based on a true story that the director/writer was actually involved in.
This film takes place in New York City, focusing itself around a woman and her two children. What happens, is her husband abandoned her, leaving her (by the way she is not very good at english) by herself to raise two kids, and goes through a dramatic, but real struggle in trying to be able to even afford a roof over her head and her children, while still having to be a reliable mother.
I appreciate this films objective, BUT, I felt there were many more layers for this film in terms of character, the setting perfect, and I appreciate the fact that the film was not over dramatized, but there was such opportunity for these wonderful characters, and it felt flat.
For an 80 minute movie,it felt long. I believe what this film needed was a larger focus on the family than on the mother. Now there were a lot of family moments, but I felt it could have gone farther, because one person's struggles is interesting, but when there are 3 people all struggling it becomes touching and emotional, and when a mother is fighting for her children's survival it drives a bullet right through the heart, and I would have loved to see more of that, and more of the struggle and determination.
So the final census, the film had a nice message, and showed true human life, however it lacked in human relationships and human contact, the thing that make all of these inspiring, unbelievable stories relatable thus leaving the audience flat.