A very serviceable rendering of Hodgson-Burnett told with commendable briskness and concision. Like all good works for children it has a firm morality and doesn’t shy away from the novel’s sharper edges, offsetting these with the burnished photography. Charm is sometimes hard to capture on film, but Holland succeeds with measured aplomb.
An international production with Francis Coppolas Zoetrope Pictures producing, Polish Agnieszka Holland directing with british Roger Deakins lighting this garden where family secrets are buried. Despite the beautiful flowers and trees its easy to get of trail and hard to get back on.
Agnieska Holland (dir), Zbigniew Preisner (ost), Roger Deakins (dop), and Francis Ford Coppola (prod): all stars moviemaking. The Secret Garden conveys the joyous birth of new life, rejuvenation, acceptance, freedom and intrinsic beauty. A heartfelt and moving experience with a magical sensibility that will not be lost upon subsequent viewings or remembrances. 86/100 - Excellent.
This is gonna sound stupid but here it goes: still haven't seen this film. Why? 'cause a) I read the original book; and b) there was this house exactly like the house on this film (I "own" this film on a decaying VHS copy and i saw from the corner of my eye the opening credits and some random shots whilst fast-forwarding it to the end...) and that house was bulldozed down to make "room" for a hipster hotel. Hence: ;(