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YELLOW DRESS, THE

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YELLOW DRESS, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
14 minutes
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This dramatic short is an amazing snippet of the importance that young people play in the healing, growth of their parents. The Yellow Dress puts a lighter step in my gait, and director/ writer Deborah Grimes deserves thanks for this. I love more than just the Irish accents of these English-speaking actors of the two leads. Tara Breathnach and Leia Murphy play mother and daughter, using a full range of emotion and bring this story to life.

The Yellow Dress in an Irish film about a 14-year-old girl who tries to get her mother moving on the dating scene, by setting her up on a date. The mother has recently divorced, while having a nerve-wracking brush with disease. Leia Murphy who plays Aisley, the daughter, is a force of nature, giving her mother heartfelt, if not demanding reasons to "polish up" and get out of the house to meet others. The story unfolds from difficulty and concern, and takes a few quick turns to becoming a positive story, making me feel the way all of us feel when love conquers our fear and sadness. There is a wonderful comedic date scene leaving mom and daughter to look back and forth at each other, rolling their eyes, and unleashes the climax of the film.

The great technical quality of the film uses what I call tricky "smoke and mirror shots" by the cinematographer. Robin Whenary gives us a visually pleasing experience, while I root to see if Aisley will win the battle of bolstering her mom's self-consciousness. The close-ups, the scenes when the gals have broken free and are running on the dock, are steady and powerful. In fact, most scenes are endearing, because the actresses really play their parts well and the camerawork and direction are spot on. While the sets are ordinary; they are totally appropriate for the film. They replicate a middle class home with items that could be from anywhere. And this story could be anybody's story. The subtlety of the script, while dodging the topic of breast cancer, is intriguing as the plot avoids certain specifics just enough to keep the viewer anticipating that special moment when, and if, mother and daughter will ever be on the same page again. The music is primarily orchestrated by piano. It is underscored with great subtlety by the composer. I had to listen this twice which, in fact, is a good sign for most film music. Music in films is there to heighten the emotions, rather than blast out of the screen narrative. Well done.

The message of this film is to stay on your "game" regardless of how tough life gets. Jump back into activities, because children and family members need to see that you can. People are resilient and sometimes they need a little help to get them to see that they can accomplish more than they think.

I rate The Yellow Dress 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!

This dramatic short is an amazing snippet of the importance that young people play in the healing, growth of their parents. The Yellow Dress puts a lighter step in my gait, and director/ writer Deborah Grimes deserves thanks for this. I love more than just the Irish accents of these English-speaking actors of the two leads. Tara Breathnach and Leia Murphy play mother and daughter, using a full range of emotion and bring this story to life.

The Yellow Dress in an Irish film about a 14-year-old girl who tries to get her mother moving on the dating scene, by setting her up on a date. The mother has recently divorced, while having a nerve-wracking brush with disease. Leia Murphy who plays Aisley, the daughter, is a force of nature, giving her mother heartfelt, if not demanding reasons to "polish up" and get out of the house to meet others. The story unfolds from difficulty and concern, and takes a few quick turns to becoming a positive story, making me feel the way all of us feel when love conquers our fear and sadness. There is a wonderful comedic date scene leaving mom and daughter to look back and forth at each other, rolling their eyes, and unleashes the climax of the film.

The great technical quality of the film uses what I call tricky "smoke and mirror shots" by the cinematographer. Robin Whenary gives us a visually pleasing experience, while I root to see if Aisley will win the battle of bolstering her mom's self-consciousness. The close-ups, the scenes when the gals have broken free and are running on the dock, are steady and powerful. In fact, most scenes are endearing, because the actresses really play their parts well and the camerawork and direction are spot on. While the sets are ordinary; they are totally appropriate for the film. They replicate a middle class home with items that could be from anywhere. And this story could be anybody's story. The subtlety of the script, while dodging the topic of breast cancer, is intriguing as the plot avoids certain specifics just enough to keep the viewer anticipating that special moment when, and if, mother and daughter will ever be on the same page again. The music is primarily orchestrated by piano. It is underscored with great subtlety by the composer. I had to listen this twice which, in fact, is a good sign for most film music. Music in films is there to heighten the emotions, rather than blast out of the screen narrative. Well done.

The message of this film is to stay on your "game" regardless of how tough life gets. Jump back into activities, because children and family members need to see that you can. People are resilient and sometimes they need a little help to get them to see that they can accomplish more than they think.

I rate The Yellow Dress 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!

To help her mother regain her joie de vivre after breast cancer and to cushion the blow of her father's news, Aisling, 14, sets her up on what she hopes will be the perfect date but when the date shows up with his teenage son in tow, things take an unexpected turn.
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