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Scheme Birds

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Sweden · 2019
1h 26m
Director Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
Starring Gemma, Pat, Joseph, Scott
Genre Documentary

In a fading Scottish industrial town, Gemma is a teenager and a soon-to-be mother. Coming from a broken family, throughout her life, Gemma has known nothing but hardship. This documentary takes a tender look at her coming-of-age story.

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The Hollywood Reporter by Keith Uhlich

Fiske and Hallin show, over the course of their very affecting movie, how this naive analogy both complements and conflicts with the ups-and-downs of Gemma's reality.


The New York Times by Teo Bugbee

For all the impetuousness of its subjects, this is a film of remarkable respect and restraint — a documentary that carves shape into a messy reality.


Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

This extraordinary documentary weighs the bleak details – and they are, at times, almost unbearably grim – against moments of lyrical beauty and even humour. It’s a remarkable achievement.

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