Despite the sweeping vistas of seascapes and weeds swaying in the breeze, viewers will feel suffocated by the Salton Sea, and this is where film editor Suzanne Spanglerâ€™s repetitious style works the best. â€śI just want something to happen,â€ť Lily complains, before embarking on a voyage that perfectly captures the torture of being 15â€”that seemingly endless spiral of humiliation, budding breasts, and lust for every boy in a Nirvana T-shirt.
What helpsÂ Little Birds retain its innocence is the girlsâ€™ mixed sense of fear and liberation that comes from their new experience. Lily wears a tough exterior, but facing a new crush, her hard smirk fades into a doe-eyed pout. I wanted more closure from this film beyond its melancholy coming-of-age truths. But perhaps thatâ€™s a testament to its successâ€”Little Birds will leave viewers wishing they could squeeze just a little bit more out of their adventure.
By Olivia Saperstein
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