"Fresh" was one of those movies made during the time in the early nineties when everyone and their brother was making a 'n the hood type of movie. "Fresh" follows a 12 year old boy in his rounds, going to school and selling drugs. What makes this film unique is not merely the interesting arthouse touches in the direction (such as the interesting opening sequence where the cityscape 'fades in' from a desert), but the main character, Fresh, played by Sean Nelson, in an amazing performance.
In the beginning of the film, he is painted as a villainous drug dealer. When he witnesses a playground shooting (that erupts because of a basketball game) and he sees that his sister is being abused by a local drug dealer, we see Fresh as victim. When he manipulates the drug dealers against each other, Fresh becomes the hero and the survivor. Finally, when he is sitting in the park with his father (Samuel Jackson), he begins to cry, reminding us that despite all he's done and been through, he is still just a little boy.