Quietly screening in the market the same day Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" kicked off the Cannes fest proper, "Goat Island" offers an alternate, more realistic tale of two summer-camp runaways roughing it in the woods alone. Based on Brock Cole's controversial young-adult novel "The Goats," this low-budget passion project from "Eagle Eye" director D.J. Caruso offers a practical solution to the issue of adolescent bullying, as its two young protags respond to a case of vicious hazing not with despair or retaliation, but through teamwork and character-building.
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