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on May 19, 2016
Great film with superb acting. Meaning is not just conveyed through spoken words--body language plays a part and speaks volumes. The scene with the teacher and Elliot, for example, where she tells him his name means "walk with God," the viewer can see her worried expression on her face. The teacher provided the boy with an anchor--the book--that he could fall back on in his solitude and abandonment.
The scene where his mom and her family were at the dinner table, one could see her torture as her sister called out her failures. The viewer can't help but sense that pain because we know how much she loves her son and feels like a failure that her only way out in her mind to remedy the situation is to bring a man into the house regardless of his character.
Elliot's eyes after his boyfriend tells him he wants to date a guy sitting nearby because he didn't like the idea of Elliot's declaring love after three weeks of dating, exposed his emotional grief without an utterance, culminating ultimately in a physical altercation with his boyfriend's new erotic focus--no words and yet so powerful. These are just a few scenes where non-verbal communications are so poignant. The production is loaded with them giving the film a stellar quality.
Great work of art on a limited budget--a must see.