I saw this last night, and the main characters need some type of award for this. It's kind of sad, but very good as well! I'm watching more of these independent movies lately because I think about them for a while afterward.
It's definitely a movie I admire and appreciate more than I actually liked, in the sense that I have no particular interest in ever seeing it again. The performances by the main characters are even more stunning given that the lead actress is just seven years old and the father (Dwight Henry) isn't even an actor, but a guy who worked in the bakery across the street from the studio's casting agency.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
There's a community of people who are living on an island south of the bayou, behind a levee and are content with being poor and not part of mainstream society. The focal point is a little girl and her father.
In what was possibly the last episode of Law & Order, we see an excellent episode that showcases some good character work. I HIGHLY recommend people watch this if you haven't yet. The actual plot was tense and effective.