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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Vanguard
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BXNB24
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thirteen-year-old Tessa faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence. When bad times hit, she and her mother Christine find themselves living on the streets. The injustice of poverty is emphasized through the contrast with Tessa's schoolmates, the children of very wealthy parents. The only way to fit in is by lying amidst the gorgeous and expensive trappings of their Santa Barbara community. A portrait of cruel contradictions as seen through the eyes of a young teenage girl as they desperately save for first, last and deposit so they can have a home again. This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent example of a good, low budget, indie film February 18, 2013
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I watch a lot of movies, and appreciate the process and work involved in making them, even when they are done on a shoestring budget. This film definitely falls into the category of so low budget it's on a home-movie level, as far as actual film/video quality is concerned. However, the writing, the directing, and the acting are simply superb. In fact, because of the way in which this film was shot, it actually seemed to bring the viewer closer to the action, as if we were the ones shooting the footage as we eavesdropped on the lives of the mother and the daughter as they struggled with abandonment, homelessness, and pride while they attempt to pick themselves up by the bootstraps and get their lives back on track. There was so much truth in this story. No 1-dimensional characters, but fully-fleshed-out real to life characters that the viewer never once would think: "Oh, come on! This is so not believable!" The way the story juxtaposes the wealth and snobbery of the more affluent friends, coworkers, and various other San Diego residents against the turbulent and often scary situation that the two protagonists are facing makes for great tension throughout the film. I recommend it to those who like indie films and are forgiving of low budget video. The story is complete, it has a beginning, a middle, and, most importantly, an end (as so many current indies have decided NOT to do). Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars low key but very memorable film December 3, 2006
it is really refreshing to see a film centred around the lower class that doesn't linger on familiar themes like substance abuse and prostitution. this film holds strongly onto the bond between mother and daughter, and fiercely defends their dignity, though they encounter some challenging economic and social problems.

the genuine performances, the style of photography and the perfect casting choices contribute to this astonishing piece of cinema. watching this film, one desperately wants a glimmer of good luck for the main characters. the conclusion isn't neat and tidy, and doesn't make for a happy ending, but most of the time that is a more realistic portrayal of life, then, isn't it?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a pearl April 22, 2014
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it's a pearl. the feeling of abandonment and powerless is poignant and intense as it is the stubborn optimism of the mother. it strikes close for some of us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic February 4, 2014
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Very good acting by the young actress. Nice handheld camera footage for its time.
The last part of the movie proceeds in a rather uncomfortable direction.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, But True to Life July 5, 2013
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This is one of the most realistic stories I've seen. I rate this movie as a five, in spite of the poor quality of filming. The fact is that there are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people in very similar situations in this sad condition. The scary part is that when someone gets that low, usually drugs, alcohol, and prostitution are the usual coping choices. However there is real hope to be found in Jesus Christ. There is also hope in family and many organizations which help women and children. I would have really liked to have seen that kind of hope in this movie. Granted most people don't want to turn to hope in Christ, if they must give up control. This is my personal opinion; I counsel people everyday who have similar problems. With Christ all things are possible.
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