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Super Reviewer
May 21, 2014
In spite of some continuity issues and a story that seemed rushed and a bit disjointed, especially in the early going, I found myself drawn into this family portrait. The story is told from the viewpoint of a lonely eleven year-old girl who becomes friends with an older girl, played by Sarah Paulson. The young girl, Emma (Tara Devon Gallagher), is facing surgery on her ear to save her hearing, but her family is struggling financially and cannot afford the operation. As her family slowly disintegrates from the financial pressures, she finds refuge with Merrill, who can be very real and tender with Emma, but exhibits unstable characteristics with men closer to her own age. Not a lot of star power here (the only other name I recognized was Cherry Jones, who played Emma's mother), but the cast was quite believable as these small-town folk, just trying to live their lives of quiet desperation. I found it interesting to see Paulson in an early role.
January 7, 2013
This is another superb indie film. Indie productions do not fill the megaplex, but can be a breath of fresh air. I just saw this one for the second time in several years. I didn't intend to watch it all the way through; I just started it to remind myself of the interesting, quirky characters. And I ended up watching it all the way through again. Great performances by some very fine actors. I recommend it highly. In fact, I challenge you to watch a film that isn't showing at the megaplex. It's an instant viewing choice right now on Netflix.
March 16, 2012
A beautifully acted independent film that takes place here on the eastern shore of Maryland.
½ May 20, 2009
Tara Devon Gallagher is such a natural as an 11 year old girl living with her working class family in Chesapeake Bay. Incredible film.
Super Reviewer
½ September 22, 2008
Fantastic and beautiful. Paulson was excellent in this role.
August 12, 2008
i can't dislike anything with Cherry Jones or Sarah Paulson, and a movie with them together is just kind of a little slice of heaven. it was a bit trite and cliche at parts, but the acting was very good all around.
½ March 26, 2008
A touching indie drama with some superb acting by the young lead. Though the dialogue could use some refinement, this is still a thoughtful film that will stay with you long after you've watched it.
October 29, 2007
Really great movie. Tara is awesome. Watch it, if you are looking for something deeper in what you see on the screen!
September 5, 2007
Wonderful film - well acted and beautifully written. Some of the dialoge could read like poetry. Excellent character studies and grand performances.
This was somewhat sedate at times though and lulled here and there - but overall very good.
September 5, 2007
Great film, but longer than it had to be,.
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