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(Aug 28, 2006)
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Naturalistic performances by the actors and a mostly unsentimental approach to the subject matter allows the pathos of the situation to reveal itself subtly, which makes it that much more heart-breaking. I think I understand what director and writer Lucas Moodyson was trying to accomplish with some of the fantasy sequences, but I felt that a strictly realistic approach would have been more effective.
I do have one question though - some review sites show this movie to be region 2 while amazon says region free. Does anyone know if this particular dvd will play on my region 1 player?
Respect, guys, you got me write my first review :)
The lead actress is just brilliant. There is no other word to describe her performance. With incredible dimples that magically appear whenever she smiles, two scenes stick out for me. After her first night as a prostitute she goes to her local store which looks like a what Americans would call a convenience store. The dimples appear when she goes up to the clerk with whom she has a history of begging for cigarettes and previously having to put back items when she didn't have enough money to pay for them. This time, flush with her hard-earned cash, the look on her face is priceless when she brings a large collection of items to the counter and whips out a roll of cash to pay for it, reveling in her triumph over the astonished clerk. Another unforgettable scene among many in the film is when she is summoned to "Social Services" and hears from the social worker via a letter sent by her mother that her mother wishes to renounce her "guardianship" over her.This incredibly sad scene is handled brilliantly by the young actress and you want to cry with her although while she looks crushed by the news, she handles it with a stiff upper lip, goes home and burns the only picture of her mother that she has, ending her dream of emigrating to America.
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