Dipper isn’t sure of many things. When he goes to school his grades are terrible. When he works construction he makes decent money but doesn’t enjoy it. And the only time he sees his mom is in the middle of the night when neither of them can sleep. However, the one thing he is sure of is his training as a parkour athlete. With friends Corone, Skylark, and Jay, training to become awesome at parkour is the only part of Dipper’s day that he enjoys. When Corone’s ex-girlfriend Kite joins the group and becomes close to Dipper, however, everything changes, and a series of events threatens to tear the group apart forever. Raw and intense, Rusalka Reh’s portrayal of the cold isolation of an adolescent subculture and the comfort provided by finding a group to belong to attacks stereotypes with a hard, edgy truth. These are kids who face choices that will define who they are as adults, yet they lack the experience needed to make them. They don’t know the system. They don’t know the rules. What they know instinctively, however, is that parkour is teaching them ways of seeing life that will help them survive. When the tasers start flying, they learn the power of their instincts and how serious their choices truly are. An accurate depiction of life at the cusp of the monumental change from adolescence to adulthood, This Brave Balance is as daring as the sport of parkour itself.
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