Apple, as she wants to be called, is a lovely and kind girl trapped in a world that has made her look and act like a totally different person - you can see that rapidly by only looking the way she dresses and walks... - but the only thing she is looking for is love and a family that cares about her.
The film starts in a very dramatic way and it also moves you from the moment it begins. Apple is going to look for her father from whom she only has a letter. Her behavior and the differences between his father and the family he has built is going to make her run away again, but, unexpectedly, she finds out she is pregnant. The story, then, it's more complicated than it was an a great, moving, and very hopeful journey begins. It has its dramatic and not so dramatic moments but you feel what the character feels in every moment and that, I think, it is because Hudgens really performed superbly making the world know she is there and that she can and wants to be a good actress. This is probably the best film of Vanessa in her career, for the acting and for the story.
Ronald Krauss, the director, lived during a year in one of the shelters that Kathy DiFiore owns and that the real girl and fiction character went to and did an amazing job with the screenplay. The music is also good.
I must say that this is one film that you don't look at the clock because it advances all the time and you're so deep into the story that the time passes and you don't even notice. Nowadays, it is hard to find films, not documentaries, that talk of the problems that the society suffers right now, around us... This film is a good way to spend some quality time but also think about us, about our families and about the people we love and loves us.
P.S: Gimme Shelter out on DVD and Blu-Ray the 29th of April in the USA.