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Little Miss Grown-Up

Original title: Lille voksen
German title: Kleine Erwachsene
Denmark, 2008, 38 min.

Director: Anders Gustafsson, Patrik Book
Production company:
Team Productions APS
Bastard Film

Age recommendation: 12 years and up
Film genre: Documentary

Xenia is 13 years old. She is not like other teenagers with gadgets, parties and lots of friends. Most of her life she has taken on the responsibility of helping her single mum looking after the house and her smaller siblings. Although Xenia takes pride in this role it affects her social life as well as her schoolwork. Now Xenia has an opportunity to start all over. She has enrolled in a continuation school, but can she escape her past and learn to be a normal teenager?

The directors Anders Gustafsson and Patrick Book have accompanied their protagonist with a camera over the course of several years and thus allow for significant insights into the process of growing up. The immediacy of the film‘s montage transfers the audience directly
into Xenia‘s realm of experience, and gives a moving and gripping account of the social mechanisms and and adaptive difficulties of adolescents.

Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2010
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2009
Anthropology Film Festival Pärnu 2009
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 2009
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival 2009
Halifax, ViewFinders: International FF for Youth 2009
Skånska Filmdagar 20090
Malmö, BUFF 2009
Amsterdam, IDFA 2009