Sunday, September 05, 2021

Film Spotlight - Sweet Thing

Disclosure: I was given access to this film for reviewing purposes and received no payment. All opinions are my own.

Sweet Thing film
Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


Sweet Thing, an intimate, creatively filmed, and fantastically personal film directed by the accomplished filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell (In the Soup, Little Feet), will be released digitally and in cinemas nationwide in the UK & Ireland, from Friday, 10th September 2021.

Amongst three international wins, Sweet Thing picked up the Crystal Bear for Generation Kplus - Best Film at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival and the College Jury Prize for Best Film at Quebec City International Film Festival 2020.

Sweet Thing is an intriguing story of childhood adventure, imagination, and challenges. Teenager Billie (Lana Rockwell), a 15-year-old girl who fantasizes about Billie Holiday as a sort of fairy godmother, and younger brother Nico (Nico Rockwell) share time between their separated parents - father Adam (Will Patton, The Postman, Minari) a chaotic man with a loving heart for his kids who is working as a Christmas Santa, and mother Eve (Karyn Parsons, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), who has redefined her identity in a brazen style since leaving Adam and is now living with a new and obnoxious boyfriend Beaux (ML Josepher). The kids feel uncomfortable around Beaux but visits to their mother have introduced them to a new friend Malik, a boy as equally adrift as they are. Half in desperation and half in a spirit of adventure, this trio sets off on a running wild trek across Massachusetts, crossing paths with a variety of eccentrics. 

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Will Patton as Adam

The cinematography is beautiful and gives an intimacy to the experience of viewing this film. The “normal” details of the lives and surroundings of the characters, show the human experience with such honesty.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Nico Rockwell as Nico and Lana Rockwell as Billie

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Karyn Parsons as Eve

Sweet Thing is a family affair, as director Alexandre Rockwell’s daughter Lana Rockwell (Billie), son Nico Rockwell (Nico) and wife Karyn Parsons (Eve) all star in the film and give excellent, layered  performances. Will Patton is also very engaging in his performance as the troubled father. Jabari Watkins gives a brilliantly moving performance as Malik. 

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment - Jabari Watkins as Malik

I thoroughly enjoyed Sweet Thing. It is an enthralling mixture of the joys and sorrows of childhood, whilst giving viewers a chance to go on an interesting journey with Billie, Nico, and Malik. As a viewer, I rooted for them and loved seeing them enjoying each other’s company, whereas at the same time, I just wanted to protect them. Their lives are beautifully poetic and yet they are caught up in the harsh realities of family dysfunction, poverty, and injustice. We get to see the world through their eyes separate from the full adult gaze. All three young actors’ performances were nuanced and incredibly powerful. This is an excellent film!

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


Sweet Thing will be released digitally and in cinemas nationwide in the UK & Ireland, from Friday, 10th September 2021.

The Official UK Theatrical Trailer (UK & Ireland) can be viewed here:

Friday, August 20, 2021

Flowers on Friday

blue hydrangeas
Above: Hydrangeas seen while walking


Today, hubby and I took a lovely walk. It was good to get out into nature and it was good exercise. 

Seeing these beautiful hydrangeas was a great treat because I love the color blue and I love hydrangeas. I've read recently that in order to have blue hydrangeas, they must be cultivated to do so. Blue is my favorite color, as I've written about before. I'm always excited when I see blue flowers of some shade. 

I love all flowers, but my two favorites are peonies and hydrangeas, in that order. They are both so voluminous and gorgeous.

pink peony
Above: Peony on my kitchen windowsill a while ago

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Sun and Cloud


I took this photo yesterday, when we were out for our morning walk. 

It was a glorious sight to see the sun illuminating the sky, atop that huge fluffy cloud.


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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Last Saturday in July

white flowers

Happy Saturday!

We had a good morning walk. It was good to get out into the countryside and to take in some fresh air. There was a slight breeze and the birds were singing. 

I hope you have a great Saturday and weekend wherever you are 🌻

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Film Spotlight - I Never Cry

 Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this film for review and received no payment. All opinions are my own.


Image courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


I NEVER CRY, the second feature from one of the most awarded young Polish directors, Piotr Domalewski, will be released in cinemas nationwide in the UK & Ireland and digitally from Friday, 23rd July 2021.

The film has won acclaim and numerous awards in the director’s native Poland. A Polish-Irish co-production, I Never Cry explores the cruelly ubiquitous loss of a parent through the eyes of a young woman.

Ola (Zofia Stafiej), a rebellious teenager from a small city, sets off to a foreign country on her own with a big responsibility upon her shoulders. The trip that she embarks upon is one which will take her well out of her comfort zone, as she tries to reconnect with her estranged father. In Ireland, she will come to know a different world and meet people who will change her approach to life. Ola learns previously unknown things about her father and through it all she learns things about herself. 


Image courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


I Never Cry is a realistic look at the difficulties faced by families separated by emigration, told against the backdrop of the life of Polish workers abroad.

It was easy to put myself as a viewer into Ola’s shoes. She is so young and has so much to deal with. We’ve all had to deal with difficult situations in life and it can be that much more daunting when you don’t have much life experience to fall back on. However, sometimes we are called upon to rise to the occasion, no matter what our age and we have to do what needs to be done. This film does a very good job of presenting a level of reality that instantly lends to the authenticity of the story being told. Zofia Stafiej is excellent as the young protagonist Ola. This is a very good and engaging film.

See the official trailer (UK & Ireland) here

Official Website for the UK & Ireland