A teenager has to confront the reality of life on the road after tragedy strikes.
Pam says: “The Short History of the Long Road” stars Sabrina Carpenter as Nola, a teen who lives on the road with her father (Steven Ogg) and must now navigate the road of life alone after he dies suddenly. This unique coming of age film quietly yet powerfully addresses not just Nola’s road blocks, but our country’s figurative ones as well. To read the review in its entirety, go to http://www.daily-journal.com in the Life section on Saturday, June 21.
For teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter), home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair crisscross the United States in a lovingly refurbished RV, relishing their independence and making ends meet by doing odd jobs. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in search of a mother she never knew. Carpenter gives an impressive performance, her character steadily growing due to her dire circumstances to become a strong, capable woman. Engaging from start to finish, this tiny film packs a powerful emotional punch as well as a positive message of self-reliance. Here’s hoping this results in Carpenter getting more dramatic roles – she’s a star in the making.