Oddly compelling with wonderful performances from the child actors; especially the three lead children, who capture the tone of innocence teetering on the brink of realization, clinging to belief before 'reality' takes over. The lost English landscape of early 60s Lancashire makes for a fascinating setting.
Key story elements - finding the fugitive in the barn, fascination with a powerful but gentle being etc - must have influenced THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE. In its own more straightforward way, Forbes' film is just as wonderful. As Pauline Kael observed - what an unsentimental collection of children appear along the way. And never forget - "It isn't Jesus...it's just a fella."