A group of 12-year-olds play war in the neighborhood woods. Though they brandish toy guns and sticks, we see things from their point of view, where bullets and mortars rain havoc all around. Over the course of a hot summer afternoon, jealousy and betrayal lead to a Lord of the Flies–style confrontation. This Canadian indie film, cast with unknown tweens, skips the satire (unlike, say, Bugsy Malone) and treats the emotions, conflicts, and motives of its kids as serious drama. Bullying, teen crushes, and misguided loyalty are all part of the mix as war and adolescence prove to be a unique kind of hell. (See Movie Times: thestranger.com/film)

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