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What to know: Wonderful message, great script and storyline, exceptional production and strong cast.
LITTLE HEROES (LYDIA BRUNA) is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 7-13
15 minutes
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This is exactly what a great kids' film is like! It has a wonderful message, great script and storyline, exceptional production and strong cast. I love the message of this film! It reminds us that, although we have fears inside us such as being afraid of fire or heights, being brave isn't about having no fear, it is about being afraid and still doing the thing you need to do. In the film, we see the two leads with their wild imaginations about becoming fire fighters. I remember doing that myself as a kid so, in many ways, this film reconnected me with my own childhood. The story flows well from beginning to end. I love that the two protagonists as a boy and a girl and they both have equal play in the film. Love the imagination of the kids. I should mention that there is some bullying that is not addressed in the film. It's not a big side plot but I would be remiss to not mention it. The relationship between the two protagonists falls apart when the boy doesn't live up to the girl's expectations but later, he ends up restoring her faith in an act of bravery. During the final exercise for the youth brigade, it's teamwork that saves the day. All the subjects are suitable for the film's audience of school-aged kids. The production values are pretty good. The soundtrack is appealing, especially the ending music. The sound effects are well done too, like when the girl's bike falls with a "clunk" after she scurries to the firehouse when she hears the siren and is told she can't participate in an actual call. The cinematography is well executed. I especially enjoyed the slow mo when the kids arrive at the firehouse to join the children's brigade. I recommend it for ages 7 to 13 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. The dialogue is in German with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
Lena and Basti dream of being action heroes, therefore they join the local children's firebrigade. But the challenges are bigger then expected and their friendship is tested; because one important lesson, they still have to learn: Together you're stronger then alone
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