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Starring Leven Rambin (HBO's "True Detective", THE HUNGER GAMES),
Taylor John Smith (HBO's "Sharp Objects")
and Jim Parrack (SUICIDE SQUAD, HBO's "True Blood")
** WINNER - Best Actress - 2018 Taormina Film Festival **
** WINNER - Best Narrative Feature - 2018 Kansas City Film Festival **
** Official Selection - 2018 Bentonville Film Festival **
** Official Selection - 2018 Heartland Film Festival **
** Official Selection - 2018 Sarasota Film Festival **
LOST CHILD, written/directed by Ramaa Mosley (THE BRASS TEAPOT) along with producer/writer Tim Macy, stars HUNGER GAMES and True Detective alum Leven Rambin and follows an army veteran, Fern, who returns home in order to look for her brother, only to discover an abandoned boy lurking in the woods behind her childhood home. After taking in the boy, she searches for clues to his identity, and discovers the local folklore about a malevolent, life-draining spirit that comes in the form of a child.Ramaa Mosley is a Director/Writer who made her first film at the age of 16 years old winning the prestigious United Nation's Global 500 Award. Over the past twenty years, Mosley has directed feature films and hundreds of of award winning commercials building a career directing action and genuind human stories. Mosley directed her debut feature film, based on the original comic book she co-wrote, titled THE BRASS TEAPOT starring Juno Temple which premiered at TIFF and was distributed by Magnolia pictures in 2013. It was nominated for the International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI) and a Saturn Award.
Mosley was recently named as part of NBC's inaugural class for its new “Female Forward” directors initiative which will provide female directors a pipeline into scripted television. She has been paired with the hit show "Blindspot".
I didn't love or hate this movie. It was one of those movies that kept changing for me. One minute I think it is going in this direction and the next I am changing my opinion. The acting was good especially Landon Edwards, Levin Rambin, and Jim Parrack and the story line had so many opportunities to be a really good movie but it didn't ever cross over to that for me.
Fern returns home from the Army and is going to live in her recently deceased father's house. She heads out to the bar and has a one night stand with a man named Mike who turns out to be the town social worker. In the woods she finds a boy named Cecil dressed poorly and obviously hungry and alone. She invites him back to her home where strange things start happening like her hair is turning grey and she is getting sick.
Is it a movie about PTSD? Maybe, our main character does have moments where she seems to be fighting her time in service. Is it a movie about dysfunctional families? Maybe, Fern left to join the army and it tore her family apart. Her brother sees her and beats her up, wanting nothing to do with her. Is it about the sometimes horrible conditions some foster children deal with? Well, maybe because the movie touches on that when we see the foster home that Cecil is taken to. Is it a paranormal movie? Possibly, the towns folklore talks about a Tatterdemalion who comes in the form of a child. Cecil, won't sit on a seat with salt on it, enter a house with a triangle above it and disappears in a photo that Mike swears he took of him to some men. It touches on all this and more. I wish it would have stuck with a theme because the actors were wonderful.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary screener for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received.