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A young girl's relationship with her imaginary friends resonates throughout her town in the australian outback.


Studio Universal
SKU 204033606
UPC 025192668623
UPC 14 00025192668623
Format DVD
Release Date 4/3/2014
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Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Ben Rice - Based On Novella By
Christian Byers - Actor
Christian Henson - Original Music By
Dario Marianelli - Original Music By
Elisa Argenzio - Producer
Elizabeth Mary Moore - Production Designer
Finola Dwyer - Executive Producer
Jacqueline McKenzie - Actor
Jim Clark - Editor
Nell Hanson - Art Director
Peter Cattaneo - Director
Peter Cattaneo - Screenplay
Phil Traill - Screenplay
Robert Humphreys - Cinematographer
Sapphire Boyce - Actor
Vince Colosimo - Actor
ReviewSource Variety
Review From the first frames, when lollypops are offered to the camera, there's no escaping the saccharine miasma of whimsy enveloping Peter Cattaneo's "Opal Dream." Based on an acclaimed novella first published in Grantamagazine, the pic jettisons the story's adult flavor for a strictly cotton candy diet, investing its nine-year-old protag with a cutesy fantasy life that in the real world would be grounds for therapy...Where the "Pobby and Dingan" novella was much praised for its richly evoked landscape, Cattaneo and d.p. Robert Humphreys fail to make the eerie, semi-lunar terrain an ever-present character. Sound is occasionally positioned too far forward, and music, while generally avoiding violin swells, manages to make plucked guitars equally schmaltzy.
Reviewer Jay Weissberg
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Tribune
Review If transported to another setting, "Opal Dream" could easily be Southern Gothic, a family drama lush with eccentricity, offbeat humor, oddball whimsy and whispers of madness...But instead of the southern U.S., it is set and filmed in southern Australia, with a look and feel more reminiscent of a spaghetti western than early Truman Capote...It's a deliberately quirky film made more real by its frontier, desert-town atmosphere...There's a predictability and inevitable sweetness to the denouement, a familiar movie rallying cry for the unseen, the dreamer and the different drummer. But director Peter Cattaneo ("The Full Monty") also unfolds everything with a lean, crystalline detachment, supervising a cast who make the story human, believable, and moving..."Opal Dream" is a worthwhile family film, graced with an ambivalent, bittersweet ending and just the right touch of cinematic poetry turning on the gemstone in its title.
Reviewer Sid Smith
ReviewRating 8
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times An exceptional family film...
V.A. Musetto, New York Post A heartwarming family fable that parents and kids can enjoy.
Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle ...quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.

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