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A fascinating subculture,
This review is from: Spellbound [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This documentary covers 8 young spelling champs who are competing at the spelling nationals. The director has filmed this in such a way that the viewer is given insight and background into these children's lives and family relations.
The most interesting aspect of this film, to me, was the different strategies and family dynamics that went into each of these 8 competitors. Some came from well-to-do families that gave the child drive and focus, while others came from average American homes and received support but no pressure (not in all cases). These children seemed to be driven for different reasons than the others. Another interesting aspect was the influence of religion in some of the children's lives. The director was direct and honest in presenting this important element.
I found this a very interesting movie that was well filmed and edited. I especially enjoyed the DVD feature that let the viewer know where these kids are today, I found this gave a bit more closure than just seeing them win or lose.