Neatly balancing a candy-coloured aesthetic and quirky tone with themes of grief, depression and emotional neglect, John Sheedy's comedy is an often unpredictable representation of the inner life of a girl on the brink of adolescence. Considering the film's privileging of its young protagonist's perspective, Susan Bye asks whether its magical elements and sunny denouement ultimately serve to reflect a positive or pessimistic portrayal of family.
Barry Jonsberg, Coming of age, bullying, SIDS, Lisa Hoppe, Cary Bazalgette, Terry Staples, children's film, family film, Wes Anderson, Richard Roxburgh, Miriam Margolyes, Deborah Mailman, Vladimir Propp
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