“We don’t see much of you two in the village. Not even at the market.”
Thirteen-year-old Rynn (Jodie Foster) tries to keep her father’s recent death a secret from her nosy landlady (Alexis Smith), her landlady’s lecherous son (Martin Sheen), and a local cop (Mort Shuman). Eventually she enlists the help of an unusual teenage boy with a limp (Scott Jacoby), and the two fall in love.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Alexis Smith Films
- First Love
- Hiding Dead Bodies
- Jodie Foster Films
- Martin Sheen Films
- Psychological Horror
Response to Peary’s Review:
This “uncomfortable but interesting film” deals with one of my favorite cinematic tropes: independent kids who must survive on their own in an adult-centric world (see, for instance, Our Mother’s House). As Peary notes, the movie’s “preposterous storyline” sometimes “overwhelms its unique ‘child liberation’ theme”, but the film nonetheless builds to a genuinely suspenseful conclusion, and “Foster’s terrific performance still comes through.” Despite the fact that she’s killed at least one person and may kill more if necessary, Rynn is a remarkably sympathetic protagonist, and we root for her until the very end.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Jodie Foster’s commanding, intelligent performance
No, but it’s definitely recommended for Jodie Foster fans.