"Little Girl Lost"
What You Need To Know:
The story of AMY takes a rather dark turn when Amy is forced to escape the violent intentions of a drunken man and survive abduction by two creepy thugs. At times, the story moves along at a snail’s pace and there are a few unnecessary scenes of children in danger. Despite the emotionally manipulative storyline, the audience will not be able to resist enjoying and caring about the characters in the movie. For all its faults, including some foul language and slight sexual content, AMY is a surprisingly charming and delightful story
(B, H, O, LLL, V, S, AA, DD, M) Moral worldview of family unity & community support including touching scene of father apologizing to his son with mild humanist elements of psychological healing & a reference to consulting an astrologer; 1 blasphemy, 6 obscenities including 1 “f” word (muffled & in the distance), & 13 mild obscenities; man forces woman to kiss him, fighting, domestic violence with a drunken father-figure, children crying; mother wields pitchfork to protect child, brief scene of violent electrocution death with flame-engulfed body, scenes of children in danger, & child abduction; man forces woman to kiss him, man falls on woman in implied sexual pose & one sexual comment; no nudity but scene with woman’s cleavage; some alcohol abuse; smoking excessively portrayed; and, lying & stealing with stealing rebuked.
AMY is an uplifting story about a deaf and mute 8-year-old girl (Alana De Roma) who learns she can only communicate through singing. Years earlier, Amy was traumatized by witnessing the tragic death of her rock star father. Her mother, Tanya (Rachel Griffiths), struggles to provide a home education for Amy while Child Services officers work to place Amy in foster care. Fleeing their country home, Amy and her mother relocate to a poor urban neighborhood filled with amusing misfit characters and social outcasts.
While hopes are dim, Amy slowly befriends the eccentric residents of “Mercy Street.” She is especially drawn to Robert (Ben Mendelsohn), a struggling musician living with his perpetually angry sister. Rounding out the odd ensemble are a cranky elderly woman obsessed with watering her sidewalk, a couple of young mechanics and a dysfunctional family. Even the local police are portrayed in a positive light as people who are helpful and friendly. Amid the struggles, Amy and her mom learn that broken people can still be caring people.
Healing comes to Amy and this extended family of misfits as neighbors learn to help others, risking even embarrassment or humiliation to do it. The story takes a rather dark turn when Amy is forced to escape the violent intentions of a drunken man and survive abduction by two creepy thugs. She ends up lost in downtown Melbourne while her mother and friends frantically search for her. Though awkward and contrived, this long night’s journey leads Amy down the path to her psychological recovery.
At times, the story moves along at a snail’s pace and there are a few unnecessary scenes of children in danger. Despite the emotionally manipulative storyline, you cannot resist enjoying and caring about the characters in the movie. For all its faults, AMY is a surprisingly charming and delightful story.