Sweet Thing, dir. Alexandre Rockwell, USA 2020, 91 min., English, 15
Presented at the 2020 edition of the Berlinale, accomplished American filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell’s (In the Soup, Little Feet) new work is an intimate, creatively filmed, and highly personal film. Shot in rich monotone (with occasional bursts of colour) and largely from the hip, both of which lend the distinctive feel of the ’90s indie films with which Rockwell started his career.
Picturing the lives of Billie, a 15-year-old teenager and her younger brother Nico, the film unfolds as an intense but ultimately uplifting, poetic rendering of childhood. The friendships, loyalties, and challenges of adolescent youth propel the story into a triumph of childhood hope and resilience.
Thu, 16 Sep 2021
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