Completely and unequivocally told from the point of view of two young children, Alexandre Rockwell's LIttle Feet is a deeply personal story of two children over the course of roughly twenty four hours. The film's narrative is very simplistic, with the director's own two children playing the two lead actors in Lana and Nico, who occupy their time the way kids do, when not at school. Two children of a recently deceased mother, and father that is wrecked with guilt, Rockwell subtely depicts a home situation for two young children where they clearly have to take care of themselves more so than anyone their age should. After the death of one of their gold fish, Lana and Greg decide the next morning to venture to "the river". Venturing out alone, the two young children leave their Los Angeles home, determined to set their remaining goldfish free. Consisting of almost entirely a child cast, Little Feet essentially feels like a documentary about childhood, feeling similar to Burnett's Killer of Sheep, which Rockwell clearly drew inspiration from. Little Feet chronicles behavior not acting, with many of the moments not being written at all. This half day adventure feels epic in scale, with the film capturing the timelisness of childhood. With LIttle Feet, Andre Rockwell has created a magical experience that captures the exuberance youthful spirit like few films are capable of. Capturing the sense of wonder in these two children, Little Feet turns into a mystical odyssey, as they venture towards the ocean. Shot in monchrome black and white cinematography, Rockwell's film tells a poetic story of life and death with the goldfish odyssey serving as a parable for the need to let go from despair after a loved ones' death. Alexandre Rockwell's Little Feet is a touching, love letter to childhood and deeply personal film about family.
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