IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
1h 23min | Drama | 08 Jul 2020 (France) | Movie
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Director: Eva Riley
Writer: Eva Riley
Stars: Frankie Box, Alfie Deegan, Sharlene Whyte
IMDb summary: An aspiring teen gymnast’s world is turned upside down with the arrival of the half-brother she never knew she had.
When a child is left alone with no genuine connection to anyone, it’s a tragedy. But when that same child finds a way through it, despite all the odds, to continue to grow and come out better for it, it’s a beautiful thing.
“Perfect 10” is a film that touches on abandonment issues in a way that makes it easy to take in. Not an easy topic to manoeuvre for a writer and director, but it’s executed with true finesse.
It’s also difficult to not like the character of Leigh portrayed by talented actress Frankie Box, as she is charming, unassuming and worldly for her young age. When a half-brother she never knew existed throws her a curve-ball, she catches it with all the grace you’d expect from a gymnast.
Leigh’s life is not without its difficulties; a mostly absent father that she desperately wants to connect with, a mother completely out of the picture and no proper friends to support her. She’s alone and making the best out of an awful situation. To say that she’s coping would underestimate the strength of this character.
What was so charming about this film was the way they filmed it. It felt a little the director was using a phone camera and filming this character – not in the sense that it wasn’t technically appealing, but in the sense that what was captured was so raw and real and felt true.
One reason we continue to support the NZIFF every single year is to be exposed to films like this that might otherwise fly under the radar. To take a glimpse into the lives of fictional characters that are entirely believable is an absolute blessing. And a testament to the power of great story-telling in the least obvious of places.