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The Adventures of Ociee Nash (Bilingual)
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Skyler Day stars as Ociee Nash, a spirited nine-year-old from rural Mississippi. Ociee's idyllic life is thrown into a tailspin when she's sent to live with her Aunt Mamie to become a "young lady". Ociee's true bravery, character, and spirit are put to the test in this uplifting family drama.
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Ociee lives in rural Mississippi with her dad and two brothers. They have very bad Southern country accents and sayings like, "I am going to tell you children a story on myself." There is also the over use of the word, "dang." Ociee is a 9 year old Tom boy. She meets a gypsy played by a Mexican with what appears to be a French accent. Her father sends her off to Asheville to live with Aunt Mamie in order to learn girl stuff.
On her train ride she meets famous and would-be famous people in Forrest Gump style (Nellie Bly, Pres. McKinley, Wright Brothers.) In Asheville she meets some boys named Vanderbilt. In the end her Tomboy ways save the day. This movie has potential.
If bad acting and bad accents don't bother you, you might want to watch it with the kids. Of all of the famous people Ociee meets, Nellie Bly is without a doubt the most fascinating.
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This movie is well worth a look, definitely something different from the usual fare, and something for the whole family.
Ociee Nash is a precocious child who survives life's most traumatic event with adventure, fun, and optimism.
And don't forget to read the book that this film is based on by Milam Propst: A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street (and its sequel, Ociee on Her Own).
The McGary Sisters directed and produced their screen adaptation. Their love of this film shows on every frame.
Note: I saw the movie when it was released in select theaters.
As a kid's movie, Ociee Nash works exceedingly well. This is exactly the kind of spirited-away adventure a young girl would love, and it has much to say about building personal strength and developing as an individual, while also showing that even the most difficult people offer something we can learn from. Ociee Nash also has a very positive message about being a woman in a man's world. It's refreshing to find a movie with a classic Disney innocence that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
As mentioned in the above review, the camera work is brilliant, and I agree that in the first few scenes, the acting is a bit stilted, but as the movie progresses, the kids get comfortable with their roles and a wonderful story emerges. Also excellent is the music, the set design, the acting of the secondary talent and the direction. You'd have to have a cold heart not to find something to enjoy about this fresh and wonderful film.