Scrapper (2023)

Directed by Charlotte Regan

Living alone since her beloved mum died, 12-year-old Georgie fills the flat they shared with her own special magic. But when her absent father Jason turns up out of the blue, she’s forced to confront reality.

I went in trying to like this, but its handling of wildly different tones was just a little too jarring for me. It's not that a film can't be a gritty but whimsical meta-heavy comedy-drama riff on Paper Moon, it's just that it doesn't work in this particular instance… not least of all because the screenplay always steers away from seriously showing a malign side to any character. Still, I did love how Georgie's hearing aids are never referenced.