Monday, February 21, 2011

Billy the Kid (2007 documentary)

Photo of Billy by Shane Sigler - Eight Films/Isotope Films
Directed by Jennifer Venditti, Billy the Kid, is a coming age of story.  Venditti documents fifteen year old Billy's lonely life in small town Maine. It is poignant and painful - there are moments that we all can relate to.  Billy describes himself: "I'm not black, I'm not white, not foreign, just different in the mind. Different brains, that's all."

The relationship between Billy and his mother, Penny, is especially beautiful to watch.  They have an honest and open relationship. Penny is both Billy's only friend and parent and you can sense the struggle within her to be both. I won't say anymore - this is an absolutle must watch.             

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