What is a world without fantasy without the phantoms of mortal wounds, snowballs and human kindness? A narration covers the world in sadness while the cold can cause shame. A fantasy about being beaten down by the world and images which escape, a dream like a sudden cloud and a chase through the heavens. Such beauty permitted by the world, christmas is a looking glass you don't even have to mention that its there.
Is there a more perfect adaption? For me, no. This is the movie that Guy Maddin has been ripping off for his entire career (maddin is my favorite director). Here's a beautiful case where visual imperfection is made powerful and if there's one director to bring such a thing to screen, its Renoir. Nicely done, enchanting, and incredibly moving.
Starts as a socially conscious tale (one that takes place in snow globe) of a downtrodden protagonist, detailing her hardships. We're then swept up the into a sequence of childlike freedom where we take pleasure simply in our hero exploring. Finally the film bursts into a fantasy adventure that rivals 'The Thief of Baghdad'. This is all done in 30 mins. Considered a minor film, but I think its a grand achievement.