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ONE CHANCE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
7 minutes
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This Australian short delivers a good message about bullying that would play well at KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. The storyline follows a group of kids playing soccer. We see an older girl acting very judgmental towards the younger one and insulting her. The boy sides with the younger girl, must to the dismay of the older one. He agrees to let the younger one be on his soccer team if she scores a goal, which she miraculously does. The older girl becomes both extremely sad and jealous and the younger one steps up to the plate to resolve issue. The story teaches us not to bully and when forgiveness makes sense. The little girl is bullied, proves the bully wrong, then becomes the bully's friend. This is well produced and gives a fairly realistic depiction of bullying and solutions to it. The acting is quite believable from all the kids. The camera work is great, using different camera angles to allow the audience to get a good look at everything and everyone's reactions. The casual clothing match the time period and storyline. The set looks like they are playing in a junkyard and looks quite realistic. The music and sound effects help intensify some of the climactic scenes, which makes the film more interesting. The filmmaker uses a mix of color saturation, sound echo and low motion during key point to change up the moods of select scenes. The characters are the young girl Mia (Sienna De Carlo), young friend Charlotte (Kirar Mercy), older girl/bully Chloe (Isabella De Carlo) and the boy Isaac (Harrison Wilkes). Isaac stands out the most because he has a well-rounded personality. He is compassionate towards the younger girls. The message of the film is that bullying is unacceptable and you need to forgive. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 7 to 12. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
A young girl with a passion for soccer tries to silence her bully by attempting an impossible goal.
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