Gardens of the Night

Gardens of the Night

Gardens of the Night

  After the very shrill and very excited competition entry Juliabildet Damian Harris’ Gardens of the Night violent film, as it were, the antithesis of the robbers pistol alkoholgeschwängerten by Erick Zonca. Very quiet and reserved, in many moments filled with tenderness Harris relies entirely on the strength of its history, to be – certainly very difficult – and subject to its protagonist. The film tells the story of the seven-Whitehead Leslie (Ryan Simpkins), who one day will be kidnapped by two men and detained for years. First, the girl with the false claim is comforted the parents have an urgent need to go on a trip, then later it says that they have the child no longer wanted. One of the two hijackers named Alex (Tom Arnold) is the nicer of the two, while the younger Frank (Kevin Zegers) omits no opportunity to torture the girl mentally and also kidnapped Donnie (Jermaine ‘Scooter’ Smith) to. Breaking the will of the child following the abuse, first it is “only” pornographic images are later followed by the “rental” to paying customers, and eventually to work with an “agent” – the underground economy of child abuse follow exactly the same rules as the commercial channels in other areas. The only thing that life from which there is no escape makes bearable, is the friendship that develops between Leslie and Donnie. A few years later, played Leslie (now by Gillian Jacobs) and Donnie live on the street, along with other dropouts. Both sell their bodies are on drugs and without any perspective, how to move forward in life. When Leslie finally gets into a facility for homeless street kids, where she meets with a social worker (John Malkovich with rustling Sozialpädagogen voice), (of their lies were it is alleged that her parents were dead) and it shows a way to see through. But the walk back to her family is difficult, since Leslie was the most important, the formative years of their lives stolen.

Harter substance is that which shows what Damian Harris in his film. And he leaves no doubt that, what happens to Leslie, can happen anytime, anywhere – the case of Leslie is not an isolated case, as evidenced by the figures on sexual abuse and child abduction at the end of the film. So, yesterday left barely a journalist for the last pictures ahead of the room, everyone stared spellbound at the statistics of horror. But despite the moving subject, which has caused very late for some noodles in the neck, left at the end of the film leaves too many questions: for example, is completely unclear why Alex and Frank dismissed the children simply to freedom, without fear the need that they contact the police. And who is not an expert on child psychology, asks itself why the protestations of Alex Leslie simply credence, or no longer made in order to free themselves from their painful situation. Perhaps we have simply still too little knowledge about what really goes on inside of children who suffer this fate. Gardens of the Night has changed on that ignorance is not too much, he has given us only an inkling of what happens to these children. Some scenes were so moving the bottom line is Gardens of the Night is a rather speculative film that may not have the black spots of our ignorance and Nichthinschauens much brighter.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Gardens of the Night Country of production: U.S., UK Year of production: 2007 Length: 110 (Min) (# )

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