A friendship between a troubled, homeless teen, and a Holocaust survivor, sparks larger questions of ignorance, fear, lies, family, love, forgiveness, and our divided world at large, starring multiple Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner.
"A weighty drama that deals with trauma, forgiveness, love, and child neglect. "
"The core of the film, the relationship between Casey and Samuel really sings. They are so good together and the scenes are so alive that everything else pales in comparison."
"Positive themes of forgiving humanity and finding faith in yourself are prevalent. "
"An “After School Special” on some very serious subjects — aimed at a teen audience."
"Asner demonstrates that at almost 91 years of age, he still has what it takes. "
"Reminder of what family looks like in the midst of a broken world. "
"The messages of forgiveness, fortitude, and healing are splendidly universal."
"This drama delivers on themes of faith in yourself and forgiveness of humanity."
"A redemptive story about the power of forgiveness and unconditional love to transform lives and overcome ignorance, fear and hate. "
"A study of brokenness, fear, hatred, wisdom, forgiveness, and healing."
"A well-intentioned drama that promotes healing and redemption in the face of prejudice and fear. "
"Two very different people who manage to find a connection they both need to survive."
"Worth the audience’s attention and time to witness Asner’s portrayal of Samuel, a survivor of the worst the world has to offer, yet still willing to reach out his hand to a child of the streets."
"Unlikely friendship develops, with the lonely man and the hardened teen finding family in each other."
"Touches upon a number of issues of import."
"She embodies every kid, every person, who felt like they didn’t fit in. Samuel is the savior she didn’t know she needed. "
"An inspirational tale of the human experience. From child neglect to taught benightedness to self-loathing, the film covers it all. "
"An absorbing drama. "
"in a world where racial hatred and neo-Nazis have become more visible and vocal, it is wrong to remain silent"
"Samuel shows Casey that she’s beautiful, powerful, and beloved. "
"Cross of innocence and repugnance help us see a bit of the humanity of sex workers."
"“Taking the tiger within us and becoming its master,” speaks volumes for human determination in a movie that is driven by life lesson after life lesson. "
"Before either can move on to a better life, they must first forgive themselves."
"Samuel provides her salvation, redemption, a hereafter, and in her taking his hand, she provides him the same. "
"It’s beauty, beauty from ashes."
"Big issue is forgiveness—not an easy thing for anyone"
"Illuminates the story of two damaged people and the bridge of compassion they build."
"Filmed on a shoestring budget on the streets of Los Angeles."
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