First things first - if you are expecting a fantasy film like Narnia, stop now. This is not what this film will give you.
However, what it will give is a sweet reward for those that watch it. Here lies a tale of family life, growing up, hardships, love and loss - seen from the eyes of a young boy. For me though, the young female lead is miraculous - an absolute revelation in the role she portrays.
This is an old fashioned story. Not necessarily with a neat start, middle and end, but a journey of learning and growing up.
Hard to categorise - but well worth a look. You'll find it rewarding - though, if watching with youngsters, be aware that tragedy lurks in the film.