Freedom's Path

Movie review by Monique Jones, Common Sense Media
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Heartfelt historical drama promotes empathy, compassion.

NR 2023 131 minutes

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age 13+

Moving Film with Historical Lessons

I heard about this movie from a local Facebook group. I was glad that it was showing at a theater near me as I like to support independent films. Normally I’m not one to leave a review, but this one stuck on my mind and I truly think it needs to be seen! There are many “brains” that this film could be watched with… by that I mean that I think a *wide* range of people could watch this move and enjoy it, gain perspective, and be moved. While intense and brutal at times, it shows the reality of how things were back in those times, during the Civil War. The movie does an excellent job at portraying the horror of that era while not being egregious or over the top like a Tarantino movie would be and at the same time it didn’t sugar coat history to make things seem “fine and dandy”. There is minimal swearing, but there is some violence/war scenes, and multiple uses of the *n-word. Again- while fowl and gut wrenching, it would be historically accurate during that time to use that language. Overall, the film was beautifully shot, thought provoking, made me laugh and cry. I really did not expect much from an unknown movie, but was impressed. Impressed enough I would highly recommend seeing it. Due to the historical nature of the film, and for the reasons above, I do think that this film would be appropriate for children as young as 13… (you would have to determine this based on the child’s maturity level). Certainly, this would be an excellent film appropriate for any high school age history students to see!

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age 18+

Beautiful movie with a great story, what is not to like?

It is a very well produced movie, I would highly recommend it. It does have violence and swearing but it doesn't distract from the movie. It isn't a civil war movie, it is a movie that is about personal growth and friendship that takes place during the civil war. Be ready for an emotional and heart felt movie with some beautiful camera shots.

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