Our Song Made in a raw and glancing documentary style, Jim McKay's startling feature draws us into the illusion that we're simply eavesdropping on the lives of… Our Song Made in a raw and glancing documentary style, Jim McKay's startling feature draws us into the illusion that we're simply eavesdropping on the lives of… 2001-05-23 R PT96M PT95M Drama Marlene Forte Melissa Martinez Anna Simpson Kerry Washington Beech Hill Films C-Hundred Film Corporation Independent Film Channel Journeyman Pictures IFC Films
Movie Review

Our Song (2001)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
A

Details Limited Release: May 23, 2001; Rated: R; Lengths: 96 Minutes, 95 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Marlene Forte, Melissa Martinez, Anna Simpson and Kerry Washington; Distributor: IFC Films

Made in a raw and glancing documentary style, Jim McKay's startling feature draws us into the illusion that we're simply eavesdropping on the lives of three inner-city black and Hispanic girls, all around 15 (they're played by an extraordinary trio of newcomers, Kerry Washington, Melissa Martinez, and Anna Simpson), as they meander through the steamy late-summer days in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Their conversational style could be the urban-desperate version of Valley Girl patois, yet these girls are too young to hide their feelings, and McKay observes them with an objective intimacy that's like a form of grace.

Originally posted Jun 08, 2001 Published in issue #599 Jun 08, 2001 Order article reprints