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By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Spirited main character shines in bleak, mature drama.

Movie NR 2020 88 minutes
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Woods makes an unforgettable impression in her feature debut in this spunky, if not necessarily enjoyable, coming-of-age drama. She makes us feel like we've never seen a character like Goldie -- even though movies are full of young women who find themselves struggling in difficult circumstances. Woods isn't just a fresh face; she has an original look, and she's absolutely captivating. Even when Goldie is making terrible decisions, you can't help rooting for her.

That's to the credit of Norwegian writer-director Sam de Jong, who punches up an otherwise too depressing story with a constant reminder of childhood exuberance and optimism. Goldie is buoyed by her two sisters, 12-year-old Supreme (Jazmyn C. Dorsey) and 8-year-old Sherrie (Alanna Renee Tyler-Tompkins), whose presence is always felt even when they're not on-screen. The film is broken into chapters, with the titles announced by the young girls' voices. Chalk-type animations pepper the chapter titles, images, and Goldie's dreams -- which helps bring out Goldie's childish thought patterns. The animations remind us that, despite her savvy, tough exterior, Goldie is still the bouncy girl viewers met at the beginning of the film. Just days later, she's grown into a mature, young woman. In theory, it's progress, but her forced projection into adulthood rips open your heart as an absolute tragedy.

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