Last Leg tells the story of 15-year old swimmer Reyna (played by Lasharne Anderson) whose talent as a swimmer serves as an escape from the abuse she is victim to at the hands of her father. However, she must find the courage to pursue what she wants which in the case of this film is to enter and win a swimming competition. There’s something inspiring to be taken from its story which is essentially though there are obstacles in life, it shouldn’t serve as a way to hold you back.
There is minimal dialogue in Last Leg; instead the cinematography and acting does the talking. There’s only one really explicit violent scene between father and daughter and we are mostly only shown the before and after of these moments of violence. The subtle acting, realistic sound effects and the way the camera focuses on the main characters and their faces in particular during its most disturbing and tense moments keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat. You feel the dread that Reyna feels every time she goes back home. Around her friends, she’s like any other teenager while at home, she is living in fear of her father’s inevitable violent outbursts.
In spite of its disturbing imagery and unsettling tone, Last Leg doesn’t only depict hardships, it also contains the spots of hope that are capable of keeping people going in the face of terrible realities.
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