Felicity Huffman, Elle Fanning, and Patricia Clarkson star in director/screenwriter Daniel Barnz's illuminating tale of parenting and growth concerning an exceptional young girl whose troubling retreat into fantasy draws the concern of both her dejected mother and her unusually perceptive drama teacher. Phoebe (Fanning) is a talented young student who longs to take part in the school production of Alice in Wonderland, but whose bizarre behavior sets her well apart from her carefree classmates. Her mother (Huffman) is an aspiring academic who is beginning to feel like she has not only failed in her professional career, but as a parent as well. Though Phoebe's gifted drama teacher (Clarkson) has no doubts about the young girl's talent and capacity for learning, the frustration of seeing such a promising student slowly slip ever further away from reality soon becomes a growing concern both at home and at school. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This movie was beyond good. Elle Fanning, like her older sister Dakota, shines with her acting skills. The movie is about the struggle of a young girl with OCD and Turrets Syndrome. The imagery is spectacular. The movie left me feeling a strong sense of hope and it moved me beyond belief. ( i found myself tearing up quite a few times) I think everyone should see this movie. I highly recommend it!
Compassionate portrayal, from inside Phoebe and from how others viewed her perplexing behavior. Her mother's passionate efforts to heal Phoebe are as painful to see as are the child's deep frustrations with her own actions. Compelling, well crafted drama.
Incredibly entertaining, moving, and educational. I've met some of these children and this helped me to understand more what they experience. I absolutely adored Phoebe and felt so much for her character. My children have also been exposed to children with autism and Aspergers, so I wished they could watch it. However, after reviewing it, I have chosen to wait. My kids are both under 13 and I do feel this movie would not have captivated them and may have really disturbed them, emotionally, at times.