When a wife and mother is tragically killed in a motorcycle accident, a little girl finds respite from the pain in a magical place that she creates in her own delusions, while her father can only seem to find any semblance of peace at the bottom of a bottle. The little girl saves them both by dragging him into her magic garden where she meets nightly with the spirit of her mother…but has she really saved her father? Back in the real world, her father is laying in a hospital bed dying, and she’s not a little girl anymore. It’s a story of love, loss and finding peace wherever you can, even if you have to create that place in your own mind.
I’ve reviewed films from Ramiro Hernandez in the past, and they’re always visually creative and well produced. This film is no exception. His films tend to be a bit confusing at times too because of all the deeper meanings and subtext going on, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it makes you think, which is something I was definitely doing when this film was over.
The story itself is one that will touch anyone at a deep, emotional level, and it takes some talented actors to pull that off. So how’d the cast do? Well, there are really three main players in this. The father, the daughter and the mother. Emily Evan Rae plays the daughter Jenny as a child, and at only ten years old, she’s already a fine actress. Derek Latta plays the father, Richard. While he plays it well, for some reason I found myself not being able to feel a connection to his emotional pain. I’m not sure why that is, but for some reason I just couldn’t. I’m not saying he did a bad job with the role or anything because that’s not the case at all. I just couldn’t connect to him on any kind of an emotional level until the end of the film when he discovered his wife in the garden and then was laying in the hospital dying. Stephanie Greco plays the adult Jenny who’s sitting by her father’s hospital bed watching him die and knowing that in the process, he’s finding the peace he so desperately desired. She did a nice job with her role as well, believably playing a daughter who was both sad and, at some deeper level, happy for her father. Claudia Winfield played the mother, Nora who was killed in the accident. She was very believable in the role and was very natural about how she played it.
Visually, the movie is rather stunning, with the scenes in the magic garden and one scene where the father’s telling his daughter a story being particularly special. There was some really nice CGI and other visual effects work done in this film, and it all blended together quite nicely. As for the other technicals, the editing was good and kept the film moving along nicely. There was however an edit or a camera angle here or there that seemed a little out of place with the rest of the film and how it played out visually. It was nothing major, but worth noting. The lighting was very well done, the sound was good and the set deign was great. The hospital scene was very realistic with the minor exception that the doctor didn’t really react to things all that realistically, but the overall effect of the scenes wasn’t bad at all.
Overall, this was a very well made and creative film that will leave you thinking about it well after it’s over. If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can vist the Fandango Pictures website at http://www.fandangopictures.com.