The Unpolished (3 stars)

The Unpolished

(15) 95min
(Second Run)

Overdue DVD release of Pia Marais’ hot 2007 festival film, which never found a home, until now, on UK screens, large or small.

A sensitive and thought-provoking re-evaluation of the counter cultural dream, Pia Marais’ film follows Stevie (Ceci Schmitz-Chuh), a 14-year-old girl in small town Germany who must cope with her hippy parents’ unstable whims. Stevie’s journey away from her parent’s nihilism and unconventional home life makes for an engrossing trajectory, albeit one that gives way to a fairly conventional character study of youthful bewilderment. Nevertheless this quietly fascinating film is definitely worth checking out. Minimal extras.

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