NZFF Day 10

Sunday 07 August

The Kid With A Bike

Cyril tries to get hold of his father; his father has his bicycle. The janitor says his father moved out a month earlier. Cyril escapes the boys home where he has been left, to go to his apartment. He is found by the caregivers, who show him the empty apartment. Neither bicycle nor father are to be found. His father sold the bicycle. And thus begins the film about Cyril, the abandoned child. A woman, Samantha (Cécile de France), comes to his aid.

The kid is annoying for most of the film. Well, he’s been abandoned, what do you expect? I suppose the moral is that some kids have issues, but their futures are open? I agree with a friend who said it was a good film but nothing we hadn’t seen before. 3.7 out of 5.

Ebony Society

NZ Short Film. Christmas. Two friends argue, break into a house, to find two young children who have been left at home alone by their parents. Part of a recurring theme I’ve seen in the festival this year, of useless parents abandoning their kids or kids having to fend for themselves because the adults around them are useless. Perfectly matched to The Kid With A Bike. 4 out of 5.

Cría Cuervos

To celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the Film Festival in Wellington, a 40 year old film was played. The newly restored Cria Cuervos is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.

Ana and her two sisters are orphaned when their father dies. Their mother had passed not long earlier. Their aunt and grandmother stay with them in their Madrid home. But Ana has a secret. But is it a secret, or a young girl who misinterprets the world around her? 4 out of 5, definitely worth seeing.

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