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A raw and honest look at growing up in a difficult family situation,
This review is from: Towelhead (Nothing Is Private) - Aaron Eckhart [DVD] (2007) (DVD)
What makes Alan Ball the most brilliant writer/director of his generation? It's his honesty. This film presents the sexual awakening of a 13 year old girl in gruesome detail. Her problems are exacerbated by selfish and neglectful parents who don't explain things to her, or offer any emotional support. Add to this racism and sexual abuse, and you get a harrowing story.
I thought this was a very compassionate film, because it shows how hard it is to deal with such a powerful transition without pain in a society that mixes up repressive and liberal attitudes. The things that happen to Jasira are humiliating, but she has to find her own way, which she does.
There's lots that's uncomfortable to watch, but I found all of it very plausible. I love Peter Macdissi, who is funny. For fans of Six Feet Under, this is all familiar territory.