Little Birds (2012)
Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 9
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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 6
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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 2,084
Fifteen-year-old Lily and her best friend, Alison, live on the shores of the Salton Sea. Sprinting toward adulthood, Lily wants to escape her depressing hometown. But Alison is content with her life; she enjoys being sheltered from the uncertainty of growing up. When the girls meet three street kids, Lily convinces Alison to follow the boys to Los Angeles. Thrust into a world of excitement and danger, the girls must decide how far they are willing to go to get what they want. -- (C) Official
Aug 31, 2012 Limited
Dec 31, 2012
Millenium Entertainment - Official Site
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Though the plotting is problematic and at times as lost as the kids, there are bursts of brilliance and moments of aching vulnerability in "Little Birds" that make you wonder what the filmmaker might do next.
The dreamy shots of a poisoned sea in "Little Birds" show an imagination sorely missing from its drab plot and characters.
Despair may be an emotion of emptiness, of the absence of hope, but that doesn't mean a movie about someone spiraling down into that emotion has to feel so empty as well.
There's a moralistic structure there, but it leaves Lily in a place that's scarcely more reassuring than the one she first abandoned. That's what makes Little Birds not just a lesson but, in its rambling way, an organic journey.
Like its teenage heroine, "Little Birds" is stubbornly convinced of its own unique profundity. So it's a good thing this moodily self-absorbed drama redeems itself with just enough endearing innocence.
It is hard not to be reminded of other movies - like Larry Clark's "Kids," Nick Cassavetes's "Alpha Dog," Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" - that explore similar territory with greater risk and originality.
Quirky tale of female empowerment about coming of age on L.A.'s mean streets.
Fragile tale of how a lifelong friendship forged between two innocent girls is tested when they venture into a volatile, violent world.
Coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical drama has flashes of adventure and danger, but too much 'So what?'.
Juno Temple's Lily is a damaged creature trying to fly in Little Birds, a film of precious, romanticized misery and squalor.
Audience Reviews for Little Birds
- Alison Hoffman: You only get a little time between a cut and knowing how deep it is. If it's only going to be nicked or disfigured forever, all you can do is try to stretch out that moment for as long as you possibly can cause once you know, there ain't no coming back.
- Lily Hobart: I like your eyes
- Lily Hobart: I figured it out... we can take Hogan's truck to LA!
- Margaret Hobart: You need to talk to someone kido.
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