Skillfully directed by Hicks (Shine, Snow Falling on Cedars) and masterfully photographed by the late Anton Yelchin (15 Minutes), this is a beautifully written and uncanny coming of age tale that reflects the older films of Frank Capra or John Ford. Watching this film was like reading a good book. It was hard for me to take my eyes off of the screen, and I viewed every cut as though it was the page of a wonderful novel. While I usually take notes during films I review, I found myself so captivated by this film that I only got as far as writing the title down on my little pad. Halfway through, I realized I was clenching my note taking devices, so I gladly put away the pen and paper knowing that I could not forget a movie like this! It is hard to recommend because of the use of “Jesus” as an exlamation by the young lead in one scene. If they could have edited that out, I would tell you to rush for the theaters.