Just watched this film last night and was so delighted to see Patricia Clarkson (who rapidly became one of my favorite actresses) and Elle Fanning. As reviewer S_Kay_Murphy forewarned: do not dig too deeply for reviews unless you don't mind spoilers. I think this film was a very sensitive, creative way to express how a child like Phoebe experiences life.
What is a child to do when she begins to realize that she is not like other children? And that her 'different-ness' is taking a toll on her family and alienating her friends, classmates, teachers, and others? In this lovely film by Daniel Barnz, the child "Phoebe" is beyond quirky, and she suffers not only from her own behavior but from the guilt she feels when her family members are affected by it. Lost in a world that is confusing and often harsh, she has to find her way … more