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THE WAY YOU SMILE

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THE WAY YOU SMILE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
19 minutes
VIDEO
BRICEN X
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I love The Way You Smile because it is realistic in so many ways. This film has a deep message that could help many people. It's an amazing film.

The story is about Malcolm (Patrick Keeffe) and his son Chance (Ethan Ergen). Malcolm promises Chance to take his son to the arcade after school, but Malcolm fails to pick him up on time and by the time he does, the arcade is closed. After a tense dinner, Malcom finds out that Chance is upset, not just about the arcade but has another issue.

I love how the story develops; you can tell the father and son have a connection from the beginning and that holds the film together. You really get a sense of the characters from the get go. The camera work is so good from the get go. In the beginning, the sides of the screen are blurry and that adds a good effect to the scene. It made me focus on the character more and how he is moving. I love the different sets and props, like when Malcom uses blankets, lights and games that Malcolm uses in the living room for Chance. The time of day helps establish the characters' moods; for example, when Malcolm is going to pick Chance up it is dark outside. The background music is great. I especially enjoyed the music playing when Malcolm takes Chance to work, especially when they both break out singing. The piece during the credits is also very beautiful. The lyrics fit the father-son bond. When Malcolm sets up the home arcade, the panoramic camera gives the effect of time passing as do the laps he runs around the house. The characters show their emotions in the first five seconds of the film. When Malcolm looks over to the other side of the bed and sighs, it made me want to keep watching to see what would happen next. When Chance runs away from the games and goes to his room, you sense there is more on his mind. It really touched me. It made me want to learn more about single parenting and how challenging it must be. It must take a lot of strength to talk to your child about being a single parent, and why that may be the case. My favorite part of the film is when Malcolm and Chance fall asleep on the couch. It's a powerful moment. The Director Bricen X should be complimented for making this story very real. I was so attached to the script because everything comes together and it is beautiful to watch! There are many known actors in this including Patrick Keeffe, Bricen X., O'Neil Henry, Alison Wright, Bren McElroy and more.

The message of this film is that the people who love you can always help you through hard times, if you let them, and that there are lots of ways to love someone.

I give The Way You Smile 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Makena P., KIDS FIRST!

I love The Way You Smile because it is realistic in so many ways. This film has a deep message that could help many people. It's an amazing film.

The story is about Malcolm (Patrick Keeffe) and his son Chance (Ethan Ergen). Malcolm promises Chance to take his son to the arcade after school, but Malcolm fails to pick him up on time and by the time he does, the arcade is closed. After a tense dinner, Malcom finds out that Chance is upset, not just about the arcade but has another issue.

I love how the story develops; you can tell the father and son have a connection from the beginning and that holds the film together. You really get a sense of the characters from the get go. The camera work is so good from the get go. In the beginning, the sides of the screen are blurry and that adds a good effect to the scene. It made me focus on the character more and how he is moving. I love the different sets and props, like when Malcom uses blankets, lights and games that Malcolm uses in the living room for Chance. The time of day helps establish the characters' moods; for example, when Malcolm is going to pick Chance up it is dark outside. The background music is great. I especially enjoyed the music playing when Malcolm takes Chance to work, especially when they both break out singing. The piece during the credits is also very beautiful. The lyrics fit the father-son bond. When Malcolm sets up the home arcade, the panoramic camera gives the effect of time passing as do the laps he runs around the house. The characters show their emotions in the first five seconds of the film. When Malcolm looks over to the other side of the bed and sighs, it made me want to keep watching to see what would happen next. When Chance runs away from the games and goes to his room, you sense there is more on his mind. It really touched me. It made me want to learn more about single parenting and how challenging it must be. It must take a lot of strength to talk to your child about being a single parent, and why that may be the case. My favorite part of the film is when Malcolm and Chance fall asleep on the couch. It's a powerful moment. The Director Bricen X should be complimented for making this story very real. I was so attached to the script because everything comes together and it is beautiful to watch! There are many known actors in this including Patrick Keeffe, Bricen X., O'Neil Henry, Alison Wright, Bren McElroy and more.

The message of this film is that the people who love you can always help you through hard times, if you let them, and that there are lots of ways to love someone.

I give The Way You Smile 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Makena P., KIDS FIRST!

Malcolm promises his son Chance that they will go to his favorite arcade after school. However, when Malcolm takes some time after work to enjoy himself, he fails to pick up his son at school on time. Now the arcade has closed, and Chance is visibly upset. After a tense dinner, Malcolm tries to cheer up his son by building him a makeshift arcade in their living room instead. Despite this, Chance is still upset, and Malcolm finds out about the real issue that is affecting his son.
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