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Misty, water-colored memories...

  • May 5, 2009
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A man remembers a special time in his youth when he and three other orphans were given a holiday at the sea to celebrate their December birthdays. While there, the boys discover a neighbor couple that is considering adopting one of them.

I wanted to like this movie, but it was a big let-down. The entire thing feels like a movie trailer, random scenes fading in and out with minimal dialogue, leading nowhere. The oldest of the four orphans is played by Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), but he has relatively little screen time, mutters only a handful of words, and has no chance to shine. He struggles through some young-boy-coming-of-age stuff that feels really awkward. The other boys don't fare any better; they're all blandly interchangeable and we never get a sense of the deep bond they're supposed to have. The photography is lovely, but the script just meanders through the holiday and then it's over. Nothing is resolved and even potentially touching scenes are ruined by poor dialogue and editing. Disappointing.
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Director: Rod Hardy
Genre: Family, Drama
Release Date: October 5, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 45min
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