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  • 3.4
Annie is a rebellious ten-year-old girl. She lives on the outskirts of town with her father Marvin, who, when not herding goats, mostly sleeps the day away. Virtually devoid of parental guidance, Annie is left to fend for herself and do as she pleases. With no moral compass, she roams the neighboring lands, shoplifting and engaging in general destructive behavior. Her routine is broken one day while playing in the woods; she hears an old woman calling from deep within an abandoned well, asking for help. Scared and untrusting of the unseen stranger, Annie deliberates on her course of action.

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"The ugly little step-sister to BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, David Zellner’s Texas-shot feature is likewise about a near-feral child living in rural squalor with no real adult supervision." - Dennis Harvey, Keyframe

Member Reviews (6)

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Well, that was pitiful....(to quote my mother-in-law).

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I would place this film next to Korine's Gummo for its subject matter of listless, unsupervised youth on the fringes of suburban society, exploring the alien anxiety of self and other on the fractured substrate of nuclear family. It is meditative as a Terrance Malick but less somber and less pedantic; it is free-roving and lacks a narrative except for the lady in the well. I don't know what to make of the well lady, but I really like its inclusion in a film which could feel overly nihilistic without some central mystery. Interpreting the symbolism of the voice in the well can go on and on, atop the spectral, moody, effervescent surface of the rest of the film.

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This film rhymes with Gilliam's Tideland but is its own thing. Great timing, good performances, only a few rocky spots where suspension of disbelief is tough. This is a good movie.

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Quirky film steadily progresses from "cute" to "disturbing".

I love how director portraits mid/low class America. Feels very down earth.

So we should care about this evil little girl?