Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)
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Where this movie succeeds, it does it mostly by accident. The source material itself is an incredibly compelling story, and Tarra Steele is rather amazing as Katie. However, everything around her seems to play out like an absurd melodrama, and a preachy one at that. The adult actors mostly seem to be sleepwalking through their roles, which is extremely disappointing, because some quality acting could have made a huge difference in this. It's very difficult to portray atrocities like this seriously on the screen without verging over into melodrama, and, unfortunately, this doesn't quite make the cut. The ultra-religious foster home may very well have been like that in real life, but on the screen it translates into a darkly comedic stereotype, and it was only through suspending disbelief to a ridiculous level that I could make it through those scenes without laughing. This movie COULD have been excellent. Unfortunately, the acting and writing was not up to the challenge of adapting the material they had.
Anyone in the Psycology, Welfare and Human Service feilds this is a must see. I have followed the story of this Feral child for many years and I belive that this movie was well done.
Absolutely heartbreaking and knowing that it's based on real events... UGH! I can't stand it. The ending nearly killed me as I was looking towards a different way of it. My biggest cause that I support is and will always be abuse to a child and this has to be one of the worst lives of a child I have heard about. My heart aches for Katie even though she is now grown and doing who knows how well. Though not a real graphic movie it will have you cringing just thinking about it.
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