I took my twelve year old daughter to see this film not knowing what to expect. She was a little dubious too given her age and normal expectations from a film. We both sat through the etire film in complete silence. All of the performances were top notch and the two young boys truly projected an air of innocence that captivates the viewer. many times throughout the film I would gasp to myself and say "Oh no!" and this was never more evident as with the ending - so poignant and thought provoking. The auditorium was in complete silence as the credits rolled up and many were in tears. As for my daughter it provoked many questions and a desire to se the film again. A must have for all lovers of good quality cinema and story telling especially one as dark as this.