Apples for Bullies (2017) short film review

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Valerie is a young girl living on the streets with little more than a violin to keep her company. Apples for Bullies is a short film from 10-year-old Abigail Friend.

Yes, you read that right. The director, writer and star of Apples for Bullies is just ten years old; a girl who isn’t old enough to watch the latest Spider-Man: Homecoming movie in the cinema by herself. Yet, she is capable of creating a heartfelt seven-minute short film, with a little help from her friends.

Abigail plays the role of Valerie, a young girl left to fend for herself on the streets after her parents are deported. Tired, she takes a nap next to a building, only to later wake-up and find a homeless man (Salvatore DelGreco) close by. Valerie tries to humour him by playing the violin, but he isn’t impressed, leaving her all alone again.

Luckily, the music doesn’t go unnoticed though, as a kind-hearted young cheerleader and her mother soon pass by and show Valerie the kind of generous gesture that is very much missing in this world. Apples for Bullies (2017) short film review

Shot for the 48-hour film challenge; Apples for Bullies is a well-made and well performed short film, making good use of a drone for some sweeping bird’s eye shots. The music is light and whimsical and it reminded me a little of Forrest Gump.

Apples for Bullies is a sweet-natured film with a great message – that we should look around and help those in need, especially if we are in a position of stability. If a ten-year-old can understand how important it is to help when we can, why can’t the rest of us?

I was very impressed by the work of Abigail Friend; it shows a maturity beyond her years and she is already showing herself to be a capable film maker. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her name on some huge movies in the future if she continues to learn, create and hone her skills further. A huge well done from us all at Screen Critix.

3.5 / 5 stars     

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