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An inspiring and candid look at that magical moment between childhood and adolescence and a glimpse into the future.
★★★★ Entrancing documentary. Stunning.
A Fascinating and Must-See Documentary
Parents need to know that I Am Eleven is a poignant documentary
Perfectly capturing that time when childhood has almost ended and adulthood not quite begun... TV programmers looking for a “Seven Up”-type winner should check it out.
Warm, expansive and generous
Bailey’s skill as an interviewer and filmmaker sparkles; a ticket to I Am Eleven will be a ticket to the first major documentary of a filmmaking name of the future
You’ll like this if you liked Spellbound, Mad Hot Ballroom, To Be and To Have, 7 Up Series
Audiences young and old across Australia are captivated
I AM ELEVEN is the sweetest film I have seen this year. Australian director Genevieve Baileyʼs documentary features 11-year-olds from around the globe walking the isthmus between their private concerns and a world thatʼs ambushed them with images since two tall towers were obliterated in the first year of their lives.
Parents should take the G-rating for I Am Eleven at its word. The filmʼs all-ages appeal is strong. If you think your children have been overdosing on too much computer-animated cotton candy, this here is the perfect way to broaden their palate.
Director-cinematographer-producer Bailey, who chose that age because it was her favourite time in life, adroitly captures the innocence, exuberance and idealism of youth, as well as their aspirations, concerns and fears, across social, economic and racial boundaries.
…irresistible. By turns the kids are charming, funny, goofy and absurdly serious. They say childish things that sound remarkably like commonsense when set against the complexities of adult life.”
The clear and beguiling aspect of I AM ELEVEN is how much her subjects have in common, despite the contrasts in circumstances and expectations. Each child comes across as an individual.
…there’s something exhilarating about the movie’s reach and quiet ambition, and the thoughtful, bold, confident, wide-eyed and expressive 11-year-olds at its centre.
...irresistible. By turns the kids are charming, funny, goofy and absurdly serious. They say childish things that sound remarkably like commonsense when set against the complexities of adult life
An uplifting journey into the minds of those who will inherit the world we have created
Bailey says she wanted to make something ‘energetic, optimistic, universal and real.’ She succeeded.
At numerous times while watching the film I was choking back tears; at other moments I was laughing unrestrainedly. Insightful, compassionate and poignant, I Am Eleven is highly recommended. FOUR STARS.
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