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Titles in Genre Adolescence/Coming of Age
"This is a film that belongs on your 'Must-See' list if you were ever 11 years old and made it to adulthood!"
- Cynthia Corral, Cinequest
A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA
"[For] anyone who's just interested in a gripping, unsentimental drama with a lot of action and a pacifist message of hope and reconciliation, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea is must-viewing."
- Jeff Henrich, Montreal Gazette
"Heartfelt! [Bottle] is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"This is the story of people who dream big and find a commonunderstanding...No matter where your sympathies lie,it's hard not to get behind that."
- Robert Levin, AM New York
A SIMPLE CURVE
Winner - Best Screenwriter - Nantucket Film Festival
"A Simple Curve possesses wisdom that is rare for film these days, let alone a debut."
- Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
"CRITICS' PICK! Luminous!"
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"CRITICS' PICK! Gorgeous!"
- V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"CRITICS' PICK! Relish in the adventure!"
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Ms. Silver's ability to...catch those moments between innocence and knowing, childhood and adulthood, unforgiving and forgiving, makes her someone to watch."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"...a nicely-honed sense of poignancy...Silver's sensitively written and directed scenario make Arcadia feel fresh..."
- Christopher Bourne, TwitchFilm.com
"An atmospheric, sun-soaked road trip!"
AUGUST THE FIRST
Winner - Best Feature Film - San Francisco Black Film Festival
"A smart and engaging debut!"
"Emotional fireworks that ring true!"
"A sharply observed, ultimately heartbreaking story...a fine achievement!"
- Stan Hall, The Oregonian
BEFORE YOUR EYES
Winner - Special Jury Prize - Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
"The film has moments, especially toward the end, that so transcend the material as to make the journey doubly worthwhile."
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN
"A well-crafted outdoor adventure in the old school Disney tradition. "
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
"Sumptuously shot...wholesome, straight-arrow entertainment."
- John Hopewell, Variety
"This beautiful drama deals with...strong positive messages about protecting the weak and fighting for what you believe in..."
- Common Sense Media
Winner - Grand Prix (Best Film) - Montreal World Film Festival
"A freshness of observation and a sparky sense of wonder about its protagonists means that Michael Vinik's debut feature retains the keen edge of authentic experience."
- Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
"Seriously, this movie bleeds cool in a way a lot of American indies only wish they could. But the coolest part? Watching two angsty teenage girls fall for each other."
- Daniela Costa, AfterEllen.com
"Michal Vinik's fresh, frank look at coming out and coming of age in contemporary Israel."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"In her second directorial outing, Melanie Laurent offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession."
- Scott Foundas, Variety
"An impressive second film that features intelligent writing and several knockout performances...Laurent also impresses here as a director of actors."
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
"Melanie Laurent's gorgeous, twisted and confident Breathe is a natural second act to the early moments of Kechiche's time-spanning new classic [Blue is the Warmest Color], applying the same level of care and consideration to the hormonally driven closeness of yet another pair of wild teen girls."
- Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects