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Rocks

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United Kingdom · 2020
1h 34m
Director Sarah Gavron
Starring Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D'angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson
Genre Drama

Olushola, nicknamed “Rocks,” is a regular teen living in London with her mother and Emmanuel, her younger brother — until their mother suddenly abandons them. She is forced to take care of Emmanuel on her own and try to avoid being discovered by social services. A realistic drama about hardship, friendship, and resilience.

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Kelsey Thomas Profile picture for Kelsey Thomas

Complex, emotional, heart-breaking. When the credits roll, you’ll think, “Wait!” Still, this film is full of energy and authenticity from beginning to end, partly thanks to the stellar cast of teens.

What are critics saying?

100

Empire by

You will seldom find a film that cuts open a city and shows you its insides like Rocks does. Respectfully crafted, righteously funny and tender, Gavron has defined a generation like no-one else, and these efforts are not to be ignored.

75

Film Threat by Hanna B.

Rocks’ moments of brutal realism depicting the seriousness of its protagonist’s real-life drama will hit you hard or make you wonder why life is so unfair.

100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Kate Taylor

With exuberant naturalism from its non-professional actors, and a standout performance from Kosar Ali as Rocks’s best friend, the film covers the highs and lows of female adolescence with compelling sensitivity.

90

Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

Perhaps the most impressive element is the way that the picture so deftly juggles its tonal shifts. Rocks is as mercurial and complex as any moody teenager can be, veering from hilarity to misery and back again in seconds.

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