Convinced it’s one last, necessary crime on the path to redemption, unapologetic and free-spirited Inez kidnaps 6-year-old Terry from the foster care system. Holding on to their secret and each other, mother and son set out to reclaim their sense of home, identity and stability in New York City. This exquisitely crafted melodrama lovingly conceived by writer/director A.V. Rockwell is an authentic chronicle of one family’s endurance in the face of Giuliani-era gentrifying New York City. The feature took this year’s Sundance Film Festival by storm and won the festival’s grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic competition.
“In her Sundance-launched feature debut, [writer-director A.V.] Rockwell uses the full range of cinematic expressivity to turn a small, often tragic story of raw deals and rash decisions into an admiring portrait of survivorship, determination and resourcefulness.” —Jessica Kiang, Variety “A delicate exploration of Black motherhood during an uncertain time in a changing New York…. Thanks to a powerhouse performance from [Teyana] Taylor, who serves as the film’s character study, Rockwell’s debut is sure to leave a lasting impression on its viewers.” —Patrice Witherspoon, ScreenRant “Most of all, it’s a moving character portrait of a complicated woman who makes good and bad decisions but is motivated solely by the desire to create a better life for herself and the people she loves.” —David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter