Esther Blueberger is a simple coming-of-age film. It is from the perspective of young Esther Blueberger, the unpopular outcast of her private school, who decides to change things and, with the help of her new friend Sunni, starts going to the public school.
Not quantum mechanics or anything, but it is a terrifically made film, that covers the early teenage years where we all decide we want to be cool pretty damn well. I enjoyed watching it, more the second half than the first half.
The acting is terrific. Finding teenagers who can act is sometimes a hard thing for films, and it is quite often were these sort of films fall short, but this film managed with some amazing young talent, especially Sunni, played by that girl from Whale Rider. Keisha something...
It is heartfelt and honest with its material, which includes common reasons for teen angst such as peer pressure and parent issues, but doesn't turn it into a sexed or drugged up peep show. It actually dulls some of the events a bit, probably to make it better suited towards earlier teen, or maybe even preteen.
A great film, keeps me entertained when this sort of film generally bores me, definitely re-watchable, which isn't something I often say.
My Rating: 70%