Went to see this coz I gret at the trailer. A story of sisterhood in the face of hardship. Rocks is a teenage lassie who is left to look after her young brother after their mum takes a nervous breakdown and disappears. Rocks spends the movie trying to handle this on her own, and stay invisible, so the social don’t come and separate her and her brother.
The movie is also about leaning on what you got, no one does this alone. Family is not just something you are born into, it’s something you make. And Rocks has to learn is that she has a family – they’re all around her.
The warm circle of laughter that is the group of girls stands in stark contrast to the hostility of the rest of the world, which just relentlessly attacks, picks at, and grinds down these young women of colour. Everyone is so quick to call the police, call the social, call security. Everything about them is a problem, their clothes, their voices, their independence, is seen as aggressive, defiant, and a threat.
And although the plot is obviously mapped out, I thought maybe the dialogue was largely unscripted, because it is so naturalistic. The girls talk all over each other, lots of times you can’t hear anything but the babble of the group. It makes you feel like you’re really watching someone’s life, rather than watching a film. Like you’re being let into something, rather than told a story.