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Sadly, the strong performances that were needed to sell this tough drama just aren't there.
Quietly, and with an unobtrusive grace, Here I Am explores harsh truths, everyday realities and intimations of change.
Here it is, a solid and heartfelt debut.
The tedious direction of Beck Cole mistakenly assumes mood matters more than character development.
Unfortunately, Cole's decision to cast non-professional actors in many roles doesn't pay off; in too many scenes, both Langton and Pittman are awkward and visibly uncomfortable playing their roles, and this reduces the film's impact.
While the first half is a little uneven and the dialogue is occasionally clunky, the lead performances are strong and this ends up life-affirming stuff.
It is a muted redemption story; Beck avoids the easy, oversimplifications that Hollywood might impose, and she lets us gently believe in Karen's hopeful future.
The story may not have the ballast of the unforgettable Samson & Delilah whose making of documentary Cole directed, but it has an appealing wistfulness.
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