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Thirteen [DVD]
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on 3 April 2007
Honest performances and beautiful cinematography do not often go hand in hand, but they do in this film. It is a study of the relationship between a mother and her 13 year old daughter, as they both grapple with their changing roles at adolescence.

Holly Hunter is magnificent as the flaky, recovering alcoholic mother who visibly matures through the film. The one of my favourite moments was early on, in a clothes shop, when you see her register her daughter's blossoming sexuality, through the smallest pause and change in her face.

Ewan Rachel Wood is brilliant at portraying the highs and lows of adolescence. The intense relationship between her character, Tracey, and that of Evie, is totally believable. From the joyfulness of skipping through the park sprinklers on a hot Summer night, to her shame and loneliness when self-harming, she gives as true and as understated a performance as Hunter's.

In the hands of a lesser cast, this film could have deteriorated into screaming melodrama. Instead, it brilliantly describes the push and pull between childhood and adulthood, that feeling of being neither one nor the other, but intensely both for short periods of time.

Highly recommended, although a great shame that it got an 18 certificate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2014
I watched this at 18 and it was pretty much like my life, apart from the drugs. When i was 13 i read harry potter and went to the cinema to see chick flicks and was generally well behaved in school, but then i grew up in the countryside so all rebellion had huge social stigma. Watching it back as an adult i didn't like Tracy's attitude to her mother, but we've all had verbal fights with our mothers during our teenage years, it's well shot and well acted.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2006
A gripping film about the pressures and troubles encountered by modern-day teenagers. It is not tainted with a happy-go-lucky and glossy view of the subjects but actually gets down to the real issues within.

Talking of many sensitive issues it shows the traps and pitfalls that teenagers have to face and what happens if they make the wrong choices. Very realistic; it is obvious that Nikki Reed helped co-write this as it gets across the teenage perspective well.

A good plot which ultimatley comes to a very fitting and realistic conclusion. It is not a light-hearted film so you have to be in the right mindset to watch it but it is worth viewing.
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on 10 September 2004
As I sat down to watch a movie with my friends, which I had rented as it looked like the 'stuff' teens get up to - I was amazed to see how quickly it sucked my friends and I into the hectic world of Tracy and her disfunctional life. I remember looking at my friends reaction at a powerful part of the movie where Tracys mother (Holly Hunt) holds her daughter - the steady cam stays on the audience for a aqward moment where if it were happening in real life - you would feel like you should look away but somehow you are addicted to their connection and must watch - although uncomfortable it makes the audience feel like they needed to see it. Needless to say that a couple of my girlfriends and I were brought to tears. Rather than watching a directed movie you feel as though you are watching someones home video. Performances like these are far and few. A absolute must see. At the end of this honest look at the life of a family less then perfect it made me re - evaluate my life and suddenly a feeling of intese greatfulness filled me. Recommended 100%.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2011
I love this film! I had it on video, which eventually broke.. :( Just as good on DVD.
Brilliant film about the innocent getting into the hormonal teenage downward spiral of sex drugs and crime.
The DVD I got though would crash on two parts of the film and I would have to skip past these to see the rest of the film. Watchable though :)
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on 13 October 2005
Thirteen is a moving and in some places shocking look at the experiences of some teenagers . It is not designed to suit everyone but merely to portray the possibilitys of what could happen to some people given the right situation. The lead characters, namely, Tracy and Evie are believable in their experiences and viscious in their actions. This film really spoke to me due to its no-holds-barred approach. It did not try to be something that it wasn't and the portrayal of Tracy's mother, by Holly Hunter, is amazing.
I would recommend this film to anyone who has ever had a tough time being a teenager. It touches on lots of issues, self harm, drugs, sex, violence, trying to fit in, theft and the old standby, fighting with parents. If any of this sounds familiar, then this film is definately worth a watch. It's one in my dvd collection and i love it.
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on 29 December 2011
thirteen is the story of 13 year old tracy who is envious of badass popular girl evie and decides to attempt to become her friend, after little effort by tracy evie befriends tracy and introduces her to a life of stealing, drugs, sex, and making her mums life a misery through her dramatic personality change. Asides from the unrealistic element of the girls not looking anywhere near thirteen this is a great film with a very stylish approach on the way tracy changes herself completely to fit in but then regrets her decision in the end. the only dissapointment is the ending which i personally feel could have been altered slightly but otherwise this is a must watch film with brilliant acting from both girls (evan rachel wood and niki reid) and particularly the mother (holly hunter).
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on 12 February 2015
Well what can i say, i like these unexpected gems i didn't have any idea about the film or what it was going to be like but i have to say what a film very powerful, hardhitting, true to life, hard to watch, extremely well acted by all the cast, it is a perfect example of the paths that some teenagers choose to go down and what an impact the upbringing can have for some teenagers, a lot goes on here thats very wrong such as drug abuse, self harming, underage drinking a lot of very common things that go on in the world today that are wrong, i have to say again about the acting it was just so convincing and was very suprised at how well they did doing this film. If you havent seen it i recommend this i think it one you have to watch.
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on 18 April 2005
This really was an amazing film and really hit me hard. It is the worst nightmare of any parent, losing the child as they grow. I am at a loss for words of how to describe this film, all I have to say is I can't believe I took so long to see it. It was amazing, truely a must-see movie. Some of the things were chillingly similar to my experiences when I was younger, though in no way was my life that hectic and dreadful. I have been really affected by this film and cannot stop thinking about it. In fact I am off to watch it again! So please watch this film, you won't regret it. It should have won so many more awards and Wodd is truely an amazing actress, one of the best I have ever seen. She will and should go very far indeed.
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on 15 August 2007
I rented this having been impressed with Evan Rachel Wood in a couple of other films and am glad I did as it is a most unique movie, in that it is co-written by the young teenage co-star. Having said that this is not a genre film in any way and will be appreciated by anyone who sees it.

Watching it did bring to mind some of Larry Clark's films like Kids and Bully but this seemed more coherent than either of those as a whole.

The performances are terrific, especially Holly Hunter who although having done more light/comedic roles lately proves not to shy away from such a challenging role. She is as good here as she was in 'The Piano'.

Recommended for at least a rental.
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