New Boy

By: NITV Shorts

"A young African boy with a haunting back story starts school in Ireland, and finds out quickly exactly what it means to be the new kid. Winner of Best Narrative Short at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and nominated for an Oscar."

Short in length but certainly big in character, New Boy makes a lot of good points and pulls you in with its simple yet mesmerizing storyline. Even while featuring a lot of young actors, acting remains good through out the movie and all the kids do a great job. The director does not over-complicate things and that’s the best thing about the movie – its simple yet gripping. As the title suggests this movie is about a boy with a haunting past who is trying to adjust to a new environment. Through flashbacks the movie delves into Joseph’s past and tries to explain his behavior.

While all the actors do a good job some extra credit must go to the director who presents the whole tale in just 10 minutes in a very nice commanding way. No scene seems out of place and no dialogue seems inappropriate. The story might not blow you away but it will certainly touch you and make you think.