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A gentle and unassuming movie
on 22 September 2012
This is a gentle little tale of how the magic of childhood can sometimes repair even a damaged soul.
Morgan Freeman plays a drunk washed up writer of Western fiction who has never recovered from the death of his wife and doesn't write any more. His nephew arranges for him to housesit at Belle Isle where he finds himself next door to a divorced mum of three daughters with her own problems.
Exploding into his life comes 9 year old Finnegan who wants to learn to write. She is really the star of this film and played beautifully by Emma Fuhrmann. In one scene Freeman says to her 'If I had had a daughter I wish it would have been you' and I think a lot of daughterless dads will sympathise with that line as she plays the role so charmingly.
Virginia Madsen plays the mum and through the children her and Freeman move to an inevitable relationship.
There is nothing new in this film and definitely nothing offensive, just a gentle little tale about life unspoilt by special effects and CGI.