unpretentious, devoid of self pity and beautifully acted. The eleven year old Boy (played by James Rolleston), lives with his brother Rocky and three Cousins. They are cared for by an Aunt (whom we never see) because their Mother is dead and their Father is 'away'. The family is a self-sustaining little unit and although they get by, it is clear they are on the breadline. Boy is a bright, happy, innocent child who idolizes Michael Jackson and is over the moon when he finally gets to meet his Father. When his Aunt goes away, Boy must run the household with the help of his young brother and cousins. Initially things run relatively smoothly but that all changes when, out of the blue, the brothers' Father shows up with the intention of digging up a cache of money he buried years ago. Boy is spellbound by this Father he never knew and idolizes his every move. As Alamein becomes more comfortable around his sons and the house, it is clear he is not particularly interested, or capable of, taking on the responsibility of child care. Much of his time is spent horsing around with his mates, drinking beer, smoking weed, puffing up his ego and desperately seeking sources of money. Boy, who was previously picked on at school and ignored by the girl he fancied, is now bursting with pride as he shows off his Father to the folks of the small town. Boy's attempts at emulating his Father, are almost painful to watch but, as the treasure hunt goes on and on, Alamein's self-absorption, petulance, anger, and abuse of alcohol and drugs initiates a dramatic shift in the dynamic between Father and Son.
The beauty of this film is its simplicity, outstanding acting and the combination of matter-of-factness, radiant joy and palpable sorrow expressed by Boy as he deals with the radical changes that befall his family life. If you want to see a thoughtful, intelligent, really well made movie, (and if you don't mind getting the Kleenex out), I thoroughly recommend it.