Pearl Was Here | Review - Slamdance 2013

Pearl (Miana Abramson) is one of those seven-year-old kids who makes those of us without children feel very damn lucky. You know the type -- those bratty little hellions who throw ear-splitting tantrums that make The Tasmanian Devil look like a cuddly little teddy bear. Of course, more often than not these "bad" kids are the bi-product of bad parenting; but more about that in a bit... Writer-director Kate Marks' Pearl Was Here takes place on a fateful day that Pearl and her mother (Sharon Eisman) visit a convenience store. While separated from her mother, Pearl discovers one of those claw machines filled with colorful stuffed animals; but Pearl does not want to just play the game, she wants to climb inside of it. Once inside the machine, Pearl is perfectly happy. This is heaven for her, surrounded by cheerful and friendly toys. There is no whining or screaming,
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