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83 minutes
A tomboyish ten-year-old girl (Sydney Aguirre), living in backwater Texas with a distant, dimwitted father (producer/cinematographer Nathan Zellner) who spends most of his time with his equally dim friend (writer/director David Zellner), hears a woman's voice calling for help from the bottom of a well. Unsure of how to handle the situation, the girl doesn't offer any assistance, though she occasionally visits with homemade PB&Js and snacks stolen from the local corner store. Dreamlike and tonally diverse, the film offers a disarming portrait of childhood. The girl's outlandish behavior, which ranges from precocious to outright disturbing, suggests a troubled mental state (as does the disembodied voice of the woman, whose tone grows increasingly menacing), but Zellner handles the material delicately, treating her apparent psychosis like an ill-fated by-product of growing up. This strange yet wistful dynamic suggests Harmony Korine adapting Judy Blume.

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