This was slightly panned by the NY Times review as overly pretentious and artistic, but I really wanted to see it.
I watched it on Saturday and felt quite differently. It was beautifully shot. The little girl who plays the lead was perfect (which is not always true of child actors) and the script was so original I couldn’t believe it actually attracted a budget and was produced.
It is a surreal movie about poverty and alcoholism seen through the eyes of a young girl, but in a bizarre way remains predominately a sweet childlike story despite the obviously depressing theme. I’ve never seen alcoholism less judged in a movie that has such a unique perspective of the “grey area” in people lives.