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This riveting documentary chronicles the life and adventures of 14-year-old Laura Dekker, who set out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura found herself far from land and family, with unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. “Maidentrip” amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura's own video and recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 22
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Before our eyes, Laura's lengthening limbs and deepening introspection become the point of a movie that begins with a child and ends with a young woman.
Rotten: Maidentrip is full of sunsets and dolphins but short on introspection and drama.
Fresh: "Maidenstrip" is a clear-eyed chronicle of Dekker's record-breaking voyage. Think "All Is Lost," but real, and with a teenage girl instead of Robert Redford (plus a very different ending).
Fresh: What the film lacks in plot twists it makes up for in sheer amazement, such as one scene in which Dekker, in green night-vision, sways to Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" while closing in on the equator in her 40-foot vessel, Guppy.
True Story Telling
I read a review by "Wolfshire" dated Mar 4th 2014 I dont usually comment on anothers review but in this case I must. What exactly determines when someone is too young to do something amazing? Isnt that why we put our kids in school? to learn, grow,assess and analyze? to be there own individual selves? to think and solve problems?
What accounts for "foolishly endagering themselves? While most kids are getting drunk or taking drugs, Laura Dekker, is taking on a better role of what should be. What abandoment do you speak of? She had this dream for a very long time...her decision! She is living the life she was born to do and you want to stop her....more like control her as so much society has done and damaged.
This is the most horrid film to you? perhaps you need to come out of that box with no windows and live life.
An incredible accomplishment.
We live in a time when we do not let young people make decisions for them selves. We live in a time where there is no right of passage for todays youth. This young girl wanted to do something amazing ,she made a plan and accomplished her goal. It was dangerous but also spectacular. She is truely a one of a kind person , who will certainly lead a big life.
I was really impressed with this young girls passionate desire to be the first to sail around the world at 16 ! The details of her trip are expertly edited in in the form of watercolors of the path around the world, which I found just right . The only thing missing for me , was a sense of the huge overall amount of time and the numbing aspect of so much time at sea which she must have certainly encountered. Not philosophical ,just the brazen perseverance of youth which was still very much enjoyed by me.