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| Fresh (14)
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Small things transpire. Life-changing events happen. All of it framed in that one summer, where most days are about 90 percent despair and 10 percent hope and joy - but when you're 16, that 10 percent just might be enough to see you through to 17.
For a movie that is supposedly about the consequences of absentee fathers, it sure has little of importance to say about the families they desert. The Moon deserves better symbolism.
It's a very small movie with a very big emotional force that unfolds through the eyes of 16-year-old Mickey, sensitively played by promising newcomer Jeffrey Wahlberg.
An artful and affecting mix of harshly defined specifics and impressionistic storytelling
The movie's emotional potency is undeniable, its slow crescendo of wounded feelings and shimmering photography leaving unexpected imprints on the eyes and heart.
If "Don't Come Back From the Moon" isn't entirely successful, it means well as an engaged, considerate tour of a recognizably broken landscape
Aside from some heavy-handed visual gimmickry, this is a quietly powerful glimpse into fractured families and the importance of male role models.
While the ending feels a little glib, it still carries an emotional kick.
Fatherless fable Don't Come Back from the Moon is a small-sized affecting coming-of-age tale with a big scale heart and thought-provoking conviction. Thoroughly probing and perceptive, the conscious cow does not need to jump over this heart-breaking Moon.
The ethereally barren strangeness of both the locale and the bizarre events are fascinating.
You may find a second viewing helpful to take it all in, but this one is worth the effort.
[C]o-writer/director Bruce Thierry Cheung creates the atmosphere of a fable for this story.
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