Meet Harper, Elias, Arri, Ezra and Jonah Graham
Watching the film "God Bless the Child" (released Aug, 2015) was a mixed experience for me and let me explain why. It is not a story, per se, and yet not a documentary. The children whose lives the film centers on, are completely natural and in their element - from fighting, laughing, singing, learning, sharing, talking and even napping, The film is a "day in the life: of this family, led by 13 YO big sister, Harper, on a day the Mom disappears (again, we find out). The camera seems completely unintrusive; the kids seem utterly unscripted. It was very compelling to watch even though I was pre-occupied with just what exactly I was watching. SO I stopped midway through to find a review and discovered the film was actually scripted! Well KUDOS to the script writer. Amazing job getting into the mind of children so wonderfully. ANd Kudos to those little actors, the youngest being a toddler! SO, the script, the acting, the camera work - all excellent,. But then I stopped caring after I discovered this, for some reason. When I went back to it I just couldn't get involved or invested anymore, which is unfair but true. I also discovered its "raison d'etre" is to show the difficult life of a family whose MOm suffers from depression.
So I am not sure if I can recommend this as a film you will LIKE but it is an experiment you might want to see, just to experience these little actors!
BTW the film has a FB page and are very excited to be on netflix!