|IFC Films | Release Date: May 23, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The movie's triumph is that we experience the ending, in which the three girls go mostly separate ways, not as a defeat but as a transition still open to possibilities.
Directed with such a confident, delicate touch. Nothing is insisted on, yet whole lives are discovered and revealed in vignettes that seem as spontaneous as a laugh or a gasp.
The most faithful cinematic depiction of adolescence in recent memory.
Best of all is the supporting performance of The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band, a real group of high-school musicians in which the three girls all perform.
Anyone who understands the subtle shadings of friendship will appreciate Our Song's realistic slice of teen life.
Has an assured air, rich with scenes of affection, anger and reconciliation, along with moments of unfeigned humor.
That it all seems improvised on the spot (it was not) is testament to the power of a film that trusts its characters, its actors and its ultimate goal.
What's most impressive about this is that, if one didn't know better, the naturalism of the performances could be taken for that of a documentary.
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