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IN SEARCH OF PAUL

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IN SEARCH OF PAUL is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-14
18 minutes
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IN SEARCH OF PAUL is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
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This student film by a Chinese American is simply beautiful and would make a great addition to any KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Pets can truly teach us how to appreciate life more. When Paul (the tortoise) gets lost, it makes me realize how frantically I would search for my own pets if they were to escape from my house. The movie makes you realize the world out there is a big place. We may need to find replacements for loved ones that are no longer with us. The emotionally disturbed protagonist, Johnny misses his grandma terribly, which keeps him locked emotionally in the past. Blaine Maye's portrayal of the disturbed young man is convincing, especially his displays of anger, frustration, panic and confusion. I really like the symbolism of a balloon floating up-up-and-away. It represents his grandma reaching for higher, better places and how life on earth is temporary so, make it count. The close-up shots of the tortoise's multicolored shell are beautiful examples of nature's eloquence. The mountain backdrop overlooking the desert is breathtaking. My favorite part is when Johnny sees a whole herd of tortoises out in the desert. It suggests that we can usually find good things to substitute for the wonderful things that we've lost. The message is about how letting go of the past is so important. We can more fully enjoy the present and plan for a fulfilling future once we've let go of the past. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 14. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
An emotionally troubled young man learns to face the loss of his grandma through searching for a tortoise that mysteriously disappears.
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