I know "slight" is generally used pejoratively when speaking about a narrative, with maybe "observational" as a word with more positive connotation, though I think I agree with slight for Little Feet, but not as a negative...? I'd just say it's small, and it's the first of its scale that I'd ever really scene. I felt exhilarated by the end that a simple story of trying to take a fish to the ocean in a futile attempt to save it could bring out such conflicting melancholy and joy for life, even from kids who are doing a lot of fending for themselves. It feels like a response to the world of big and flashy cinema, a type of film I value big time.
I got on to Quinceanera because it won the John Cassavetes Award in 2007, around the time of my second wave of interest in films. (Ironically, I'd never concerned myself with Cassavetes work until recently.) All I knew about what that meant was that it was low-budget, but when I rented it, I felt so close to that group of outcasts, not from my own experience, but because of their characterization. It also made me feel closer to the community I was working in.
I know it makes it sound like I am interested in the movie types or the statements the movies make more than the movies, but that's just context. Both of these just feel a lot like home to me, if a film can do such a thing. There's tens of reasons why I believe them to be good, but they went beyond that for me.
Hey, I really appreciate you taking the time to watch these and leave comments.