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Movie Review: Maidentrip [Sep. 13th, 2014|11:52 am]
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A girl's own adventure

14 year-old girl fights child-welfare authorities
in quest to sail solo around the world
waves goodbye at age of 14

Image: Poster of Maidentrip

Adventurers have long held a special place in the public's imagination. Brave and determined or selfish and monomaniacal, according to one's tastes, they are larger-than-life figures, accomplishing impressive — if arguably pointless — feats. Climbing the highest mountain, sailing the widest ocean, risking (and often losing) life and/or limb and leaving wives and children behind to wait, to wonder, and to mourn.

Why do it? we stay-at-homes might ask. Why trek from one coast of Antarctica to the other after failing to be first to the South Pole? Why try, not once but three times to be the first to scale Everest?

There probably isn't a better answer than George Mallory's laconic reply to a reporter before he died on that third attempt to climb Mount Everest: "Because it's there."

We certainly don't get any more a revealing answer from Laura Dekker, who at the age of 16 years, 123 days, achieved her years' long dream by becoming the youngest person to ever sail, alone, around the world, but Jillian Schlesinger's documentary, Maidentrip about her voyage is a moving and fascinating film despite its lack of firm answers.

The bare facts make for quite a story, and though its subject has disavowed the resulting film, if there is a young woman in your life who could do with something other than a Disney princess or a Kardashian as inspiration, click here for one hell of a girl's own adventure.

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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2014-09-14 03:09 pm (UTC)
I like this review... I haven't heard of the film before but I can definitely associate with this girl's desire to make a voyage around the world. I think that the best part of the film would be if they took her footage and showed how she's doing this thing on her own and the complexity of her character as she's doing it. Because teenaged girls aren't displayed in the media like the ones I meet in real life. They have existential moments, questions about life, intellectual interests, desires to explore. There are some really interesting and difficult (and also a lot of silly) thoughts going on in their heads. If finally I can see a film where these attributes are just part of the girls personality and they can show her fragility and strength at the same time, I would be really impressed.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2014-09-14 05:18 pm (UTC)

Prepare to be at least half-impressed

I would have preferred more straight-on cinéma vérité in the movie, but it's still one of the most unusual portraits of a teenage girl I've ever come across. It's out on video so you ought to be able to see it pretty easily; and I think you'll enjoy it.
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[User Picture]From: tommy50702
2015-06-03 05:10 am (UTC)
Dangerous for a little girl, not just being at sea, but visiting places and interacting with strangers... You never know what people's intentions are
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-06-15 05:58 am (UTC)

Dangerous for anybody

No, you don't ever no what people's intentions are. But it sounds as if you think "little girl[s]" should just be locked up forever, lest something terrible happen to them for "interacting with strangers".

No way to live, not for anybody.
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