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Not every directorial choice or camera movement works, but this indie drama shines in the silences.
The dialogue is best when it focuses on issues you can actually take seriously, but the couple's talk about dreams deferred is too knee-jerk to warrant sympathy.
Qasim Basir's melancholic mood piece, "A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.," certainly has its pretensions...But to get caught up in its impressive stylishness is to miss the larger point of finding strength through human connection.
The film succeeds as more than an accomplished technical stunt, even if neither its political nor character dimensions feel quite fully realized.
The film is best as a showcase of [Good and Hardwick's] talents, but only when it gives them something to say.
A film that's pleasurable to engage with, even if the latter stretch doesn't come close to realizing some of the early promise.
Set amid a changing nation, the chemistry between the leads help A Boy, A Girl, A Dream find a love story within an ever-changing world.
The understated performances gurgle with powerful emotions. Hardwick and Good are terrific as people trying be cool to a stranger, but failing to conceal their underlying feelings.
Its reach ultimately exceeds its grasp, but this low-budget character drama benefits from a pair of solid understated performances and scrappy ambition.
Basir and co-writer Samantha Tanner can only arrive at generalities about the situation and these people.
From the open cityscapes to the closed confines of the rideshare, Basir packs plenty of material for audiences to digest. His use of such a turbulent time is unique and thought-provoking.
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream may seem simple but every frame is a vibrant work of a passionate filmmaker.
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