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Sweet Thing

Winner - Crystal Bear, Best Film (Generation KPlus) - Berlin Film Festival

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Certified Fresh with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes!

SWEET THING centers around the lives of two children in contemporary New Bedford, Massachusetts in particular one eventful summer spent in a beach house with their mother and her boyfriend. The story is an intense but ultimately uplifting, poetic rendering of childhood that captures the essence of that time in life when a day can last forever. The friendships, loyalties, and challenges of adolescent youth propel the story into a triumph of childhood hope and resilience.

The central character, Billie, is a 15-year-old girl who fantasizes Billie Holiday as a sort of fairy godmother. Billie has to navigate the evolving challenges of her life while she plays mother to her 11-year-old brother, Nico. They meet up with another adolescent, run away from home, and together roam the area free from their parents’ watchful eye. They discover freedom and enchantment among New Bedford’s boats and railway tracks. They fantasize about a life of luxury when they break into a posh home, and are able to carry the taste of affluence into their adventures. The film celebrates their ability to make poetry and a joyful life out of hardship. The children come to represent a hope in our own resilience, as the film is an ode to that trying age when young people prepare to take their first step into adulthood.

USA, 2020, 91 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Alexandre Rockwell

  • “Heartfelt, lively, bittersweet…Alexandre Rockwell gets vibrant performances from his own kids in this lo-fi, monochrome drama about coming of age in poverty and hope.”

    —Jessica Kiang, Variety
  • "’Sweet Thing’ is one of the most powerful new films I’ve seen in years. The whole film has soul, but the fact that Rockwell didn’t go the easy way and shoot it on digital, but instead (like a real filmmaker) shot it on black and white 16mm film makes it a divine soul. But it’s the performance of his young leading lady Lana Rockwell that haunts you when the movie is over.”

    – Quentin Tarantino
  • "Rockwell’s film about specific heartbreaking circumstances is accessibly potent in its portrayal of childhood and memory. He taps into the experience of complex emotions – fear mixed with hope, love entangled with heartbreak, and childhood prematurely ripped away – in ways that exemplify the unique potential of cinema."

    – THE UPCOMING
  • “No one actor or character is out of place. The use of black & white film--juxtaposed with color for some dream sequences (Lasse Tolbøll, cinematographer)--recalls ‘Roma’ and other masterfully filmed stories.”

    – Wendy Shreve, FEATURING FILM
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