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    I had no idea what to expect when I viewed this little gem but was most pleasantly surprised by its depth and insight. The film centres around Oliver; a 13 year old boy who is about to make the transition from boy to teenager when an unexpected tragedy strikes, turning his innocent world upside down. Spencer List carries a great lead role demonstrating sensitivity and though minimalistic in his expression; a vulnerability that accurately conveys the mixed emotions of his character. All this plus a magnetic screen presence that leaves you unable to take your eyes off him. Aida, played by the brilliant Adriana Barraza gives a great support role and the chemistry between the two actors feels so authentic that it creates a sense of empathy in the viewer.

    Without giving too much away, this movie takes us through the giddy heights and lows of the transition into adolescence where everything is overly dramatic; love and betrayal; over-confidence and powerlessness; innocence and experience.

    The main message however is about the love between a young boy and his nanny and how this love eventually wins out over trauma, shock and confusion eventually bringing a somewhat dysfunctional family closer together. I would definitely recommend a late night watch. 7/10
  • Don't much care for the clunky title, but we really loved this touching film memoir, set on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1983. Thirteen-year-old Oliver has a jokey, extremely casual relationship with his bohemian mother, Luna (Spanish actress Pilar López de Ayala), and a deeper bond with the family's Chilean housekeeper, Aida (Mexican actress Adriana Barraza). When Aida falls ill, the family's thrown into chaos; Oliver's emotional meltdown is beautifully (and almost wordlessly) dramatized. W/d Steve Clark's naturalistic portrait of a pack of privileged kids in the year of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" also seems spot on—the boys acting tough and striking cool poses, the girls joining avidly in the boys' smutty talk, no parents in sight except the ultra-permissive Luna. We'd just watched the smirky Oscar winner, "Birdman," on Blu-ray; this modest film restored our faith in filmmaking as art and communication.
  • Jerominator2 October 2015
    Warning: Spoilers
    Main character didn't sit right. Just seemed a self centred brat who thought the world revolved around him. One minute a nasty little sh#thead, then all nicey nicey doting ont he housemaid. It didn't add up. Given the rest of his MO, I would've thought he'd be more likely to be the school bully than the touch feely housemaid empath. So I don't see the point of it. Just an unsympathetic main character who women seem to be unlikely magnetised towards and everything falls in place around. Some of the other characters were more interesting but it was all about this arsehole. And apparentley that is not enough lines so adding this padding. Wow that is poor IMDb.
  • cekadah11 July 2015
    If you decide to watch this odd movie and you get quite lost in trying to keep track of exactly what is going on in little tiny Oliver Nicholas mind don't feel alone!

    First little Oliver Nicholas is suppose to be like 13 or 14 years old in this story but the child actor, Spencer List, appears to be more like 9 or 10 years old. Plus I had to read-up on this story after watching the movie to realize little Oliver had an imaginary friend!!! I completely missed this in the story! There is a whole scene where little Oliver is talking via telephone about this imaginary friend and little Oliver letting it die. I found that whole scene completely confusing! The only saving grace in that scene is when the younger brother Valerio gives his older bullying brother a taste of his own medicine. The rest of the movie is just a bunch of 5th Ave kids running wild and little Oliver coming to terms over his very ill nanny and little Oliver's sister being very bitchy.

    And I know the setting is NYC in the 1980's but I seriously doubt an airline would allow a 13 year old to travel alone all the way to South America.

    I found the move soulless and misguided in it's topic.