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  • Summary: This humorous and poignant exploration of family, love, dignity and class division is the story of Henri, a teenage girl who lives in poverty with her mother, but is drawn to the world on the other side of the tracks. (Evergreen Films Inc.)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. It's a rare film that's about social class in American life, and Bellingham writer-director Enid Zentelis explores its hidden structure and silent barriers in a novel, subtle way that makes its points without hitting us over the head with them.
  2. Enid Zentelis' affecting and intimate Evergreen deals with family life and coming of age and is the kind of small, deeply personal American film that rarely surfaces even in art theaters these days.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    An earnest, simplistic, affecting slice of low-watt indie filmmaking that goes where few American movies bother: below the poverty line.
  4. A painfully honest film, yet it's also painfully slow, drawn-out and simplistic in too many spots.
  5. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    50
    While the film has striking moments, it feels padded with events that seem freighted with narrative weight but end up not mattering at all to the story.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    40
    Land gives the drama some poignancy, revealing the pain, anger, envy and longing of a girl burdened by life's imbalances. But her character exists in a vacuum, surrounded by stock figures and unconvincing actors.
  7. There are a couple of good things about the film, chief among which is Land's naturalistic performance. But the overall sense of it, heightened by a folk-guitar score so spare it feels like part of the soundtrack is missing, is not one of poignant minimalism but emptiness.

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