I Am Eleven (2014)
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Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries. I AM ELEVEN weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age.
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The project could easily have seemed like a smarmy Nickelodeon special or some variant of "Kids Say the Darndest Things," but Ms. Bailey's willingness to let the children talk and to let the viewer impose broader meaning elevates it.
The feature-length film ultimately becomes repetitive, with the lack of contextual information about the subjects' lives rendering the proceedings shallow.
Bailey resists sentimentality. She also revisits some children when they get older, which gives her film an echo of Michael Apted's "7 Up" series. This one, though, is stunning in its own right.
Heaped together into a feature, these brief introductions prove frustrating, unrevealing of any greater truth, and weighed down by the soundtrack's jaunty ukuleles ...
Docu's only slight blemish is some repetitive testimony. Tech aspects are fine.
The film is pleasant enough as a facile anthropological exercise, though it reveals little insight.
Pearls of wisdom from the mouths of babes uttered with such heartfelt conviction that you want to believe them, even when you're a little skeptical.
An entertaining and appealing documentary about the hopes, dreams, and fears of eleven year olds around the world.
...'Eleven' is not novel; Bailey's work is simply and certainly the energetic, optimistic film she set out to make.
Racism, poverty, bullying, and traditional culture rear their ugly heads in some of the lives, but its important to note that Bailey's mission statement seems to be, most of all, to highlight the positive.
I Am Eleven is part "Kids Say the Darndest Things," part sociology lesson and all smiles.
More than a dozen 11 year olds make up the cast of this simple and sincere doco put together by young Melbourne journalist Genevieve Bailey during a world trip
Beautifully made, insightful, unusual documentary about growing up...the constant snap shots of contrast keep the heart of this celebratory film beating.
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