Mobile home and washing lines, uniforms and stained clothes, cautious smiles and despair: the backdrop of Mickey and the Bear is stretched and the viewer’s attention with it. While Debra Granik chose greyness in Winter’s Bone, Annabelle Attanasio denies neither colour nor music, swaying from pop to shreds. Yet, it is the same America of addiction and left out veterans, the same society that entrusted its children with the dangerous task of caring for its fallen elders. The captain, here a talented and tireless 18-year-old girl, refuses to leave the ship. Aware of the danger and sacrifice to which this choice condemns her, she walks defying the world that abandons her, and such without any spite. The modern tragedy of a State which compels people to abandon their loved ones in order to survive, Mickey and the Bear is a clear-sighted depiction of a modern existence in which it is the lightness of being that is sorely lacking.