Something universal and touching emerges about youth and hope, particularly in the clips of a shyly smiling child Kati, and in the intense, passionate love that teen Kati holds for James.
| Original Score: 3/4
In a way, Kati with an I is the Everyone Else of na´ve high school love stories, complete with two extended musical numbers and a suitably ambiguous ending.
"Kati With an I" transforms one teenager's particular story into a moving portrait of Anygirl, U.S.A.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Greene's documentary captures so many wonderfully delicate, private moments in Kati's life that it seems churlish to wish the film said more about what it's actually like to be a young woman today.
Greene's patient, understated portrait renders a universal rite of passage in strangely alluring, poetic terms.
Greene may intend Kati's story as a quiet tragedy, but the native feeling of that's-just-the-way-it-is lethargy ("Only in Alabama can you be a home-school drop-out") is rather convincing.
Sensitive if somewhat messy.