Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves ★★★½

Part of the Film School Dropouts Challenge
Week 1: Pioneers of Film

For my pick I decided to go with a film by one of the more lesser known pioneer's of cinema: Alice Guy-Blaché (or maybe it's just me who haven't heard of her). Falling Leaves is a sweet and optimistic little melodrama about a child trying to save her sister who is dying from a disease. It's a very simple but effective story, it has good pacing, and the film actually feels quite real and the characters believable. The scene with the young sister trying to tie the leaves to the trees was surprisingly moving. It's a cute little film with a heart, combining a grim topical concern with childlike naivety and wonder and a feel-good ending.