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FLOUNDERING

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FLOUNDERING is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
17 minutes
VIDEO
WILLIAM MCKEGG
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Floundering is a very engaging short film, with many good messages intertwined.

The storyline follows a grandfather and his granddaughter who ride to the beach on their bicycles to go floundering (fishing) and share some rough times as well as some bonding.

The storyline is a bit confusing to follow, though once you understand it, it warms your heart. The camerawork is well done, although some scenes are quite dark and it's difficult to see the details. The background music is quite sparingly used, but when it's there, it definitely helps support the mood of the film. The two characters - the grandfather and his granddaughter reminisce about various moments and phases of their lives together and, in the end, become closer. When night slowly changes to day their relationship becomes testy for a bit, then Grandpa falls off his bike and it makes the two of them reexamine who they are for one another. I love their reconciliation at the ending as they bicycle into the horizon, plus the ending song is lovely. It's heartwarming and real.

The message of the film is a reminder that good things won't last forever so you should treasure and appreciate them while you can. I give Floundering 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Avalon N. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

Floundering is a very engaging short film, with many good messages intertwined.

The storyline follows a grandfather and his granddaughter who ride to the beach on their bicycles to go floundering (fishing) and share some rough times as well as some bonding.

The storyline is a bit confusing to follow, though once you understand it, it warms your heart. The camerawork is well done, although some scenes are quite dark and it's difficult to see the details. The background music is quite sparingly used, but when it's there, it definitely helps support the mood of the film. The two characters - the grandfather and his granddaughter reminisce about various moments and phases of their lives together and, in the end, become closer. When night slowly changes to day their relationship becomes testy for a bit, then Grandpa falls off his bike and it makes the two of them reexamine who they are for one another. I love their reconciliation at the ending as they bicycle into the horizon, plus the ending song is lovely. It's heartwarming and real.

The message of the film is a reminder that good things won't last forever so you should treasure and appreciate them while you can. I give Floundering 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Avalon N. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

Charlie and her Granddad Roger ride to the beach to go floundering. There's an unspoken unease beneath this adventure, as Charlie soon has to go back to a school and Roger will revert to living on his own. After an argument and a fall on their way back, they both realize this dependent relationship may not be able to provide the shelter from the dark it has for so long. From New Zealand.
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