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The summer holidays have just begun and eleven year old Skunk's afternoons are full of day dreams and curious wanderings around her neighborhood, with the exception that she must regularly give herself injections to combat her diabetes. When, one day, Skunk discovers her bitter and angry older neighbor, Mr. Oswald, savagely beating Rick, a psychologically-troubled boy from the neighborhood, Skunk's innocence begins to vanish. Trying to find solace with her loving nanny and father, with whom she is very close, Skunk is unwittingly drawn into her neighbors' unfolding melodrama. Her home, her neighborhood and her school all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and the promise of a complex, broken future. Overwhelmed by her experiences, Skunk herself is drawn into an ethereal chaos from which she may only return through the intense love of those closest to her.

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Powerful drama! All the performances are stellar, they don't even feel like performances, they just feel like people. A powerful reminder how much can go wrong in the world and yet how beautiful and wonderful it is when things go right. Caveat: this film depicts life at its most brutal and disturbing in an unflinching manner. That being said, cannot recommend this film more highly!

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Powerful drama! All the performances are stellar, they don't even feel like performances, they just feel like people. A powerful reminder how much can go wrong in the world and yet how beautiful and wonderful it is when things go right. Caveat: this film depicts life at its most brutal and disturbing in an unflinching manner. That being said, cannot recommend this film more highly!

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Loved this coming of age story!

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Be prepared for many punches in this drama , in which a young teen is surrounded by dysfunctional people. The emotional roller coaster ride is made bearable by the protagonist, a lovely and resilient little girl of strong and good character, and as it turns out almost all the people in the film for their weaknesses have a good side. But, viewer discretion advised! Some very distressing, disturbing scenes.

Beautiful movie. Well acted.

Tropey quirkiness. Queue emotional acoustic guitar.

lovely, realistic, & bittersweet.