God Bless the Child

Five siblings, from one to thirteen, spend a day on their own, uncertain whether this time their depressed and unreliable mother is really gone for good. Harper, the eldest and the only girl, looks after her brothers as she always does, as their day descends into fantasy and chaos.


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  • ★★★½ review by poedamn on Letterboxd

    I come from quite a large family that consists of a single mother. Coming from where I do, I've always thought about the day that mother would get tired of everything and leave. It's not a constant thought but it has had a space in my brain for quite some time. For me, this film didn't feel like a film at all: it felt like someone dove into my head and played my worst fear on my T.V. screen. Just watching the way that these real-life siblings interacted with eachother on screen felt very natural and real and it reminded me of my younger siblings and often times it even reminded me of myself when I was younger.

    This film has a special place in my heart.

  • ★★★★★ review by Ebony on Letterboxd

    I LOVED this movie. It was clean and sweet. The relationship Harper has with her brothers is amazing on screen.

  • ★★★★ review by Crystal on Letterboxd

    This made me so sad. I can't even describe. It's funny how such a simple concept can have such a long lasting effect on the viewer.

  • ★★★★★ review by George Napper on Letterboxd

    So far, this is my favorite film I've seen this year. It explores cinematic narrative storytelling, childhood, brother-to-brother and brother-to-sister relationships all in the span of 94 minutes. Incredible, unforgettable, essential cinema.

  • ★★★½ review by droobage on Letterboxd

    It was a bit slow, and somewhat plodding at points, but it's hard to believe that this was scripted and planned and purposeful, because it just seems so natural.

    The boxing scene is going to stick with me for a long time. It just felt completely real. I could see myself fighting with Heather or J B. I loved how Eli was just toying around with Arri until he got to the point to where he couldn't stand it any longer and he finally let loose on Eli with everything that he had.... only to have Eli laugh at him and not get hurt at all and just think it was so funny. It was just perfect. Completely true and honest and real. And then when Eli threw the glove at Arri, and actually hurt him and made him cry. It was just a wonderful scene.

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