Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete - Sundance Film Review

US Drama
120 min.

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete takes one on a heart-rending journey following the story of two boys of drug addict mothers in the projects of Brooklyn. Fourteen-year-old Mister (Skylan Brooks) and nine-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizon) fend for themselves when Mister's mother (Jennifer Hudson) is booked for drugs. They survive the heat of the summer and forage for food in the most creative ways while avoiding detection by the NY child protective services. When Pete gets ill Mister is at his wits end and longs for his mother's care and support.

A brilliant and emotionally charged script brings the viewer into the lives of these vulnerable yet indomitable young boys who show that the human spirit can survive even the most devastating of circumstances. It makes one question, “How can the human spirit survive such tragedy?” There is such a deep need in the human soul to love and be loved. So much so that it will not give up so easily. 

These two boys felt the deprivation of their mothers’ love. When Pete asks Mister, “Is it OK not to love your mom?” Mister replies, “You can’t help but to love her but you don’t have to like her.” This scene ripped at my heart and all I could think of was the passage from Isaiah that says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Is. 49:15). It also raises our social justice antennas toward the poverty of so many children in our cities and that no one should face survival in this world alone, especially the children.

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