Sunday, December 6, 2015
Ten-year-old Totonel (or Toto) and his two teenage sisters struggle to live on their own and hope that the family will be reunited when their mother is released from prison. Shot over several years, with astonishing access to its subjects, this impressive HBO-produced documentary is reminiscent of early Ken Loach. Though disturbing, with brutal scenes involving drug addicts and a quietly shocking ending, this tough social commentary from Emmy Award winner Alexander Nanau (The World According to Ion B.) is a refreshingly optimistic film, with Toto managing to find his way and stay pure amid a cruel environment.