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HARPER

What to know: Inspirinig film about how to cope with the loss of a parent and adapt when everything around you changes.
HARPER is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
103 minutes
FeatureFilm
KATE BOHAN
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Harper is a rally inspiring movie about how to cope with the loss of a parent and adapt to everything in your life changing all at once. I like the film's realism in terms of coping with the loss of a parent.

The storyline follows a young girl who is struggling to deal with her father's death, adapting to moving in with her alcoholic aunt, and eventually overcoming it all.

The camerawork is quite good. The sets and location suit the storyline. The featured music helps the audience connect with the character, such as when Harper performs a song at the talent show. It gives us insight into what is going through her mind and what she to achieve. Harper (Kayla Bohan)'s development throughout the film, from a young girl who is grieving over her father's death and fearful of trying new things to someone used to doing farm work and trying new things, even seeing the good inside her aunt after she goes to rehab. Etta Brown (Gina Vitori), Harper's aunt, is an alcoholic at the outset of the film and we later learn about her abusive father, which led her to drinking. Her drinking damaged her relationship with her niece, but after she goes to rehab (with Harper's help) she eventually comes clean. The actors are well cast for their roles and the director makes sure that they have depth and believability. My favorite part of the film is when Harper decides to get used to the farm work she has to do and even goes out of her way to help her aunt, which shows tremendous personal growth.

The moral of the film is that change is difficult, but it's well worth it. You should be aware that it does contain scenes of drinking alcohol, some partial nudity, and shows kids doing risky things that kids might imitate.

I give Harper 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Tom W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

Harper is a rally inspiring movie about how to cope with the loss of a parent and adapt to everything in your life changing all at once. I like the film's realism in terms of coping with the loss of a parent.

The storyline follows a young girl who is struggling to deal with her father's death, adapting to moving in with her alcoholic aunt, and eventually overcoming it all.

The camerawork is quite good. The sets and location suit the storyline. The featured music helps the audience connect with the character, such as when Harper performs a song at the talent show. It gives us insight into what is going through her mind and what she to achieve. Harper (Kayla Bohan)'s development throughout the film, from a young girl who is grieving over her father's death and fearful of trying new things to someone used to doing farm work and trying new things, even seeing the good inside her aunt after she goes to rehab. Etta Brown (Gina Vitori), Harper's aunt, is an alcoholic at the outset of the film and we later learn about her abusive father, which led her to drinking. Her drinking damaged her relationship with her niece, but after she goes to rehab (with Harper's help) she eventually comes clean. The actors are well cast for their roles and the director makes sure that they have depth and believability. My favorite part of the film is when Harper decides to get used to the farm work she has to do and even goes out of her way to help her aunt, which shows tremendous personal growth.

The moral of the film is that change is difficult, but it's well worth it. You should be aware that it does contain scenes of drinking alcohol, some partial nudity, and shows kids doing risky things that kids might imitate.

I give Harper 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Tom W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

Harper, an 11-year-old girl's life is shattered when her father dies suddenly. Sent to live on a dilapidated farm with an Aunt she's never met, Harper must adjust to her new reality. However, just as she settles in, Isabella, her wealthy mother, appears to claim the child she abandoned at birth.
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