Sweet Thing

91 mins.
Directed by Alexandre Rockwell

Playing through Thursday, July 15.

  • Platform:  AmherstCinemaAtHome.org
  • Ticket price:  $12 general admission, $9 for Members
  • Watch window:  30 days to start watching, 2 days to finish once started
  • How to watch:  Through the internet browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone

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SWEET THING centers around the lives of two children in contemporary New Bedford, Massachusetts; in particular, one eventful summer spent in a beach house with their mother and her boyfriend.

The story is an intense but ultimately uplifting and poetic rendering of childhood, capturing the essence of that time in life when a day can last forever. The friendships, loyalties, and challenges of adolescent youth propel the story into a triumph of childhood hope and resilience.

The central character, Billie, is a 15-year-old girl who fantasizes Billie Holiday as a sort of fairy godmother. Billie has to navigate the evolving challenges of her life while she plays mother to her 11-year-old brother, Nico. They meet up with another kiud, run away from home, and together roam the area, free from their parents’ watchful eye.

"Rockwell’s film is utterly gorgeous, creating a timeless texture in which these kids play—teaching one another to hotwire cars, swim, and sing songs like 'Sweet Thing' by Van Morrison, with which Billie soothes Malik and Nico throughout their adventures." Michael Frank, The Film Stage.