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Movie Reviews – Hell or high water: “Maidentrip”

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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 5:00 am

Maidentrip, documentary, not rated, in English and Dutch with subtitles, The Screen, 2.5 chiles

Laura Dekker, a 14-year-old girl from Holland, made international headlines when she fought the courts for the right to sail around the world alone. She won the legal battle and then conquered the high seas — sailing for nearly two years on a boat named Guppy and recording some of her thoughts and adventures on videotape, working in conjunction with documentary film- maker Jillian Schlesinger. The resulting movie, Maidentrip,is sometimes windless and slow, sometimes stormy and dramatic, sometimes joyous with accomplishment, and sometimes maddening in its loneliness. Its pace mimics that of the voyage itself, which is charted in fits and starts by Dekker’s intermittent interest in recording herself, as well as by animated nautical maps that showcase just how far the headstrong, preternaturally confident child sailor actually traveled.

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