Filmed before (and quite nicely) in 1949, Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's story was remade for this admirable 1993 release, executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by acclaimed Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland. Splendidly adapted by Edward Scissorhands screenwriter Caroline Thompson, the film opens in India during the early 1900s, when young Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is orphaned and sent to England to live in Misselthwaite Manor, the gloomy estate of her brooding and melancholy uncle, Lord Craven (John Lynch). Because the uncle is almost always away on travels, struggling to forget the death of his beloved wife, Mary is left mostly alone to explore the estate. Eventually she befriends the young brother of a staff maid and Lord Craven's apparently crippled son, who has been needlessly bedridden for years. Together the three children restore a neglected garden on the estate grounds, and in doing so they set the stage for a moving reaffirmation of life and love. Filmed with graceful style and careful attention to the intelligence and cleverness of young children, The Secret Garden is that rarest breed of family film that transcends its own generic category, encouraging a sense of wonder and optimism to become a rewarding experience for viewers of any age. --Jeff Shannon
This heart warming comedy stars Brenda Blethyn (Little Voice, Secrets & Lies) as Grace Trevethan whose idyllic life on the Cornish coast is turning upside down.
It's a special garden where friendships blossom illnesses fade away and sorrows flee. There troubled orphan Mary (Kate Maberly) her spoiled sickly cousin Colin (Heydon Prowse) and kindly country boy Dickon (Andrew Knott) discover that a world of caring can make a world of difference. Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic story blooms anew in this enchanting new version lovingly adapted by Caroline Thompson and directed by Agnieszka Holland also starring Maggie Smith and John Lynch.
A time when ancient curses and feuds have taken residence in the modern world. A time when mortal flesh falls prey to immortal hunger. A time when all it takes to fall in love forever is just one kiss. That time is now! Jeremy's life is a daily slog through teenage misery unaware that change is possible but change is coming. He's about to stumble into an ancient feud between two warring vampire clans and enter the world of Santa Maria the forgotten queen of the Clan of the Snake who has been imprisoned and left for dead in a shallow grave in the desert of Hell. It has taken centuries but her saviour has finally arrived. Jeremy's love resurrects Santa Maria's corpse from the wasteland of death and Santa Maria's love for Jeremy raises him from the numbing death of his teenage life. But when Santa Maria needs to move up the food chain to keep her returning strength growing Jeremy's love is tested. Did Santa Maria ever really love Jeremy or is he just another meal to be devoured?
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