I could say Willem Defoe is a treasure, and it would absolutely not be overstated. This film encapsulates summer as a kid like no other. Heartwarming and innocent, not ready for the world. My heart breaks but at the same time kids always seem to find a way to enjoy what they're given and make friends when they need them. The actors might not be the best, but the director made the kids likeable, charming and unbelievably real (while still being little shits). This movie was snubbed and it's plain to see.
My favorite parts were the long, panning, wide shots. I don't think the same person should write, direct and edit the same film but this time it worked. Really well, actually.