Little Birds


This movie is by first time filmmaker Elgin James who, developed it  in a Sundance Workshop and it was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival which isn’t a  slam dunk for films that come up this way. James who wrote and directed movie comes from the streets of Boston and he chose to convey his gritty experiences through the characters of two teenage girls who come from the poverty stricken coastal town of Salton Sea in California and end up with some older boys on the streets of a grimy section of  Los Angeles. The strength of the film is the insight and development of  these two young girls Allison Huffman (Kay Panabaker) and Lily Hobart (Juno Temple) who are portrayed magnificently. Their attachment, dependency on each other and yet their differences unfold before us as they try to escape their environment. The storyline creates tension and anxiety. The three older boys with whom these girls connect David (Chris Coy), Louis (Carlos Pena) and John (Kyle Gallner) are as real as they can be and sadly operate just as you would expect them to. Compared to these five young people, the peripheral characters  are somewhat an enigma to us as their back stories are thin and vague. They do seem authentic and there are excellent performances by Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, Neil McDonough and particularly by JR Bourne who does a captivating dramatic role at the conclusion of the movie.  Although the little birds of this story had more reason to fly the coop than the daughters of many who are reading this now, we all know that when any teenager spreads her wings, anything can happen. This movie will be released in September and we will be rooting for it to fly. (2011)

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One Response to “Little Birds”

  1. Ziegfeldman

    I have seen “Another Earth” twice, both times in June in preview in NYC venues with the Mike Cahill and the stars present. In both cases, the audience was very enthusiastic, and I couldn’t wait to see it again (hence, the second viewing, with more to come). I apprecite this film for its simple egegance. I do not choose those words lightly. In an era of big budget 3-D forgettable blockbusters, this film with great acting, screenwriting, and direction is something special like “High Noon” or “Marty.” And I hear Brit Marling’s next film “Sound of MY Voice,” which also played at Sundance, is a winner.

    I’m telling everyone I know about this film. The ending really leaves you thinking. Many people have objected that the Sci-Fi premise is preposterous, but that angle is deliberately underplayed, and this is really a metaphorical story of hurt, despair, guilt, and possible forgiveness and redemption.

    I am very impressed

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