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Time Out says

An 11-year-old girl succumbs to fainting fits, is put to bed, and draws an imaginary house with an imaginary friend. Through dreams, she enters this otherworld of her own creation. Down these Elm Streets a young girl must go, you might think, but Bernard Rose's striking movie debut has more art (and heart) up its sleeve than the usual bogeyman/teenagers routine. This time the monster is the girl's estranged father, and the shocks are more to do with primary fears of a violent adult world. Matthew Jacobs' script also manages to convey atmospheric banality without dealing with naturalistic characters, while the design department succeeds in turning infantile sketches into near-apocalyptic landscapes, often to shatttering effect. Ultimately, where the film scores over the current gore market is in its return to the values of emotion and psychology within fantasy. There are production compromises (an-over inflated score, a miscast Glenne Headly); but Rose, veteran of that banned Frankie Goes To Hollywood video, directs with exhilarating assurance, and Charlotte Burke makes an excellent heroine.
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Release details

UK release:

1988

Duration:

92 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Gemma Jones, Charlotte Burke, Ben Cross, Glenne Headley, Sarah Newbold, Elliot Spiers

Music:

Stanley Myers, Hans Zimmer

Cinematography:

Mike Southon

Editor:

Dan Rae

Producer:

Sarah Radclyffe, Tim Bevan

Director:

Bernard Rose

Production Designer:

Gemma Jackson

Screenwriter:

Matthew Jacobs

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