Feb. 9, 2016
Home / Articles / Cinema / Yay /  Eighty feet of the waterline nicely making way
Movies Maidentrip 2_12_14

Eighty feet of the waterline nicely making way

Actually, the boat in ‘Maidentrip’ is 40 feet, but CSN seemed appropriate here

February 11, 2014, 12:00 am

 What kind of parent lets a 14-year-old sail solo around the world? What kind of 14-year-old wants to undertake that journey? Remember Laura Dekker, the Dutch kid who set out in 2010 to becomes the youngest person ever to do just that? By the end of Maidentrip, it becomes clear. In fact, halfway through it becomes clear: This is one teenager with more smarts, determination and ability than most adults.

Dekker’s journey doesn’t get off to an auspicious start. She’s mired in a court case for a year in the Netherlands that prevents her from leaving. When the court decides there’s no reason to stop her, she wastes little time and hits the seas.

She has a camera and is constantly shooting. Her videos and some archival footage make up the bulk of Maidentrip, and the movie is a fascinating capsule view of a true independent and adventurous spirit.

There are moments when Dekker’s age shows—the way she rebuffs a reporter she doesn’t like seems particularly teenagery—but for the most part she’s absolutely suited to the tasks at hand. She even relishes her alone time after at first being concerned she may dislike it. And given the beauty of the journey, it’s easy to see what she loves about the open water.

Directed by Jillian Schlesinger
With Laura Dekker
The Screen
82 min.


comments powered by Disqus

Morning Word: Rep. Espinoza Faces Ethics Complaint

Democratic Party says she used government resources to promote campaign for secretary of state

Morning Word The ethics complaint cites a radio program where Espinoza repeatedly directed listeners to her official, legislative website in order to get information about collecting petitions for her campaign and her contact information. ... More

Feb. 05, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


* indicates required
Choose your newsletter(s):
January 6, 2016 by SFR  
January 6, 2016 by SFR  
January 13, 2016 by Ben Kendall  

@SFReporter on Instagram