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Life might not be a bed of roses for 13-year-old Francie, whose family is struggling to make ends meet in turn-of-the-century New York - but the tree growing in the courtyard of her family's apartment block offers some comfort. Francie has to do some fast growing up herself when she comes to realise that her beloved father is suffering from a drink problem and her mother has a new baby on the way. The arrival of her wild aunt Sissy ruffles yet more feathers, but also offers some excitement to Francie. A sensitive adaptation of Betty Smith's celebrated novel, the film provides a window onto a particular place and moment in time, but its resonance as a coming-of-age tale is universal.
The Secret Garden was originally one of the great books for children - and this film version is every bit as good.
7–14 years 97 mins
A wonderfully evocative portrait of childhood innocence and obsession set in 1940s Spain.
14+ years 93 mins
Harper Lee adaptation about an idealistic white laywer in 1930s Alabama who takes on the case of a black man accused of an awful crime.
11+ years 124 mins
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