Category Archives: Social Realism

Wendy and Lucy

600full-wendy-and-lucy-posterWendy and Lucy (2008)

Directed By: Kelly Reichardt

Written By: Kelly Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond, Based On “Night Choir” by Jonathan Raymond

My Rating: 4.5/5

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Kisses (2008)

kissesKisses (2008)

Written and Directed By: Lance Daly

Why I Saw It: Sarah’s Pick

My Verdict: Beautiful!

Dylan (Shane Curry) and Kylie (Kelly O’Neill) run away from home on Christmas, fleeing Dylan’s volatile father, and spend twenty-four hours on the streets of inner-city Dublin. Their home lives are heartbreakingly stark and marred by abuse and fear. Yet on the cusp of puberty, Dylan and Kylie have retained some child-like innocence. One of the beautiful things about the movie is that we see them joyfully being kids before things take a darker and more serious turn. This is a lovely film, in which gentle scenes depicting children’s loyalty to one another, and sense of fun and adventure, are starkly contrasted with an ugly world of poverty, violence, and fear.

“I Don’t Honestly Think I Can Keep the Peace While I’m Incarcerated in This Shit House” (Made In Britain)

MIBMade in Britain (1982)

Written By: David Leland

Directed By: Alan Clarke

Why I Saw It: My daughter received it for her birthday.

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