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LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Rynn (Jodie Foster) is an above average 13 year old who lives in a big old house with her reclusive father. Or does she? When Rynn's nosey real estate agent Cora Hallett (Alexis Smith) and her son, Frank (Martin Sheen), Rynn's lecherous neighbour, begin to suspect that she is hiding a dark and dangerous secret, Rynn is determined to preserve her isolated existence at any cost and stop those vicious rumours dead in their tracks.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Although tame by today's standards for its genre, Little Girl ... is made gripping by Jodie Foster's exceptional performance as the smart 13 year old with a unique new lifestyle in a small town. Newcomers to an old house with her dad, who paid 3 years rent up front, Rynn loves Chopin and reading, has been well educated by her father and still studies at home, not at school. Current project: learning Hebrew via self-teaching tutorials.

All of this is enough to irritate Cora Hallett (Alexis Smith) the estate agent who drives green Bentley (evidently the small town has expensive real estate), but Rynn's self confident manner and Coar's inability to have a meeting with Rynn's father sets her against the little girl. To make matters worse, Cora's slimy son, Frank (Martin Sheen), is rather too fond of Rynn's pretty hair and pretty face ... and has something of a reputation in town.

But local lad Mario (Scott Jacoby) turns out to be a genuine friend, who comes in handy when Rynn's closet of secrets reveals some dead bodies.

All the performances are terrific and the story has a good edge to it, but while it's classified as a horror in some libraries, the film is unlikely to please horror fans. It's a thriller which needs no excuses, though.

Published November 27, 2008

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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE, THE: DVD (M)
(US/France/Canada, 1976)

CAST: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, Scott Jacoby,

PRODUCER: Zev Braun

DIRECTOR: Nicholas Gessner

SCRIPT: Laird Koenig (novel by Koenig)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rene Verzier

EDITOR: Yves Langlois

MUSIC: Christian Gaubert

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Robert Prevost

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: [English subtitles]

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Shock

DVD RELEASE: October 20, 2008







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