A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Tense emotional scenes, slapping.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong, explicit sexual references and situations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The movie has alcohol and one character who may have a drinking problem.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie deals very frankly with issues of teen sexual involvement. Chat pressures Henri to have sex with him by telling her that he can become sick by being "stopped." She tries to stall for time by telling him that her mother would not want her to have sex unless they were dating and that she is "on the rag." She does decide to enter into a sexual relationship, but it is clear that it is based on her anger at her mother and her desperate wish to be closer to Chat and his family, and that their relationship is not one of maturity or intimacy. The movie has alcohol and one character who may have a drinking problem. A parent slaps a child. Children are upset and hurt by their parents' relationship problems. There are emotional confrontations, references to abuse, and a portrayal of the problems of poverty that may be upsetting. A strength of the movie is the positive portrayal of a Native American character and of a respectful and tender inter-racial relationship. In addition, the movie has a sympathetic portrayal of a character struggling with a psychological disorder. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer/director Enid Zentelis says that she wanted to create real characters dealing with dire poverty without overly romanticizing them or portraying them as idiots or addicts, and she succeeds. The movie's greatest strength is that all of her characters on both sides of the economic spectrum are sensitively handled and beautifully portrayed. Zentelis also uses the settings effectively to tell the story, visually and metaphorically. Both Henri's and Chat's mother do not want to leave the house; one as a sort of comfortable prison, one as a destination, but both as a kind of hide-out.
The script is sometimes awkward and over-reaching, but it is helped a great deal by the natural but sensitive performances, especially Gary Farmer as a man who befriends Kate and Henri. When he says, "I know who I am and I know who you are," it is wise, moving, and romantic.
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