Kid-Thing

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Annie is a rebellious ten-year-old girl. She lives on the outskirts of town with her father Marvin, who, when not herding goats, mostly sleeps the day away. Virtually devoid of parental guidance, Annie is left to fend for herself and do as she pleases. With no moral compass, she roams the neighboring lands, shoplifting and engaging in general destructive behavior. Her routine is broken one day while playing in the woods; she hears an old woman calling from deep within an abandoned well, asking for help. Scared and untrusting of the unseen stranger, Annie deliberates on her course of action. Brothers David and Nathan Zellner (Goliath) have made an exciting discovery in Sydney Aguirre, an extraordinary child actor who gives Annie a rich inner life. The Zellners have crafted a carefully observed film that is both harsh and poignant, but one that retains their singular, idiosyncratic humor—you will learn how to “blow a chicken’s mind.” Atmospheric and visually striking, Kid-Thing is a haunting fable that explores the choices an isolated child might make when left to her own morality-free devices. (Dir. by David Zellner, 2012, USA, 83 mins., Not Rated, Factory 25) Digital