The film interlaces two stories set fifty years apart, switching frequently between them. Each tells the story of a child’s quest. In 1927, Rose runs away from her father’s New Jersey home to find her mother/idol, the actress Lillian Mayhew. In 1977, recently orphaned Ben runs away from his Minnesota home in search of his father..
User Reviews: This film was positively wonderful. I am dumbstruck at it’s IMDB rating.
For crying out loud it’s a magical children’s tale with a soundtrack that includes Brian Eno/Robert Fripp and 70s soul jams. It’s disability-positive, the way the sound is done to convey deaf children navigating NYC is extremely creative and well done. The art and scenes are what I worshipped as a child – my greatest fantasy was to find a secret room in a museum and stay the night! And the dioramas and the incredible way they wove them into the storytelling! The people saying "nothing dramatic happens" are seriously off their rockers – a kid loses his hearing!!! two deaf children run away to NYC!!! how on Earth is that not dramatic?
This film made me cry and laugh and feel like a child again. It’s beautiful. If you have a child, watch it with them. If you don’t, like me, watch it and feel like a kid again.