This 18 minute Canadian Film is a gut wrencher in the best possible way. Perpetually exhausted single mother Hannah has her life turned upside down when her nine year old daughter Yoyo is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Getting a crash course head-first into the confusing and terrifying world of managing a chronic and life-long condition, Hannah and Yoyo need to figure out together how to work around the hurdles of childhood- a challenge made all the harder by Hannah’s fear of needles.
The film is exceptionally well shot, boasting a glossy and gorgeous production value. Moreover, the performances of both mother and daughter are excellent. What is superb about this work is the combination of performances and writing.
The performance behind Hannah’s character is strong and compelling- the audience believes the burning sheer force of will that is a mother’s love for their child. The lines ring clear with truth and are matched in intensity by the performances and the show’s production quality.
SWEET YOYO is a poignant and beautiful example of striking Canadian cinema.
Review by Kierston Drier
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SWEET YOYO, 18min., Canada, Family/Drama
Directed by Mark Cira
Nine-year-old Yoyo must confront the reality of being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes with her single mother Hannah.
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