Struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister, a 4-year-old boy finds a mysterious garden in the backyard of his home that allows him to travel back in time to meet his mother as a little girl and great-grandfather as a young man.
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Dialoges are excessively didactic, the story is too flat until the train station part. That final part is so different than the rest of the film as if it was written and directed by another person.
3.6 stars. Extraordinarily open to Kleinian analysis or even the possibility of being read as an optimistic take on R. D. Laing's 'Knots'! I appreciated that the toddler's conception of the world was balanced against the parents' experience of raising a toddler. The train sequence really tapped into a little child's fears though, for that reason, would have been far too scary for me at that age. Worthily cute!
[More like 4.5] If I had to name a defect of this film, is the over-use of digital rendering in some scenes (i.e. it is pleasing and almost unnoticed in the bird-like POVs, but unbearable in other scenes). Anything is else is amazing: the characters are well constructed without being overstated in the scenes, the narration pace is embroiling, and the tone and theme are extremely kind and gentle.