Sunday, June 12, 2011

Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)

I'm gonna try not to say too much about Phoebe in Wonderland, because it's just the kind of movie you should watch for yourself. Provided it's the kind of movie you like to watch, which isn't going to be the case for everyone. It's a drama, for starters. And it's about a young girl who appears to have a mental problem of some sort, that makes her particularly prone to breaking rules, and causes her considerable distress. The part is played amazingly by the enchanting Elle Fanning, who totally carries the film. The girl, Phoebe, finds some solace in playing the lead part in her school's production of Alice in Wonderland, and finds something of a kindred spirit in the unconventional drama teacher. Meanwhile, Phoebe's parents try to deal with her at times problematic attitude, reluctant to admit that there's anything clinically wrong with her.

The great thing about this movie, for me - aside from Elle Fanning, who is every bit as gorgeous and charismatic (not to mention talented) as her sister - is both that it deals with the difficulty of living and coping with a mental disorder, and that it takes its stance firmly in the camp of us eccentrics, who are often harassed and our lives generally made miserable by the normies, who not only make up the majority of the population, but also dictate how society runs. Unfortunately, eccentricity and mental illness are often not far apart (and there is much more to be said about that). I think that probably a lot of people wouldn't relate to this film the same way I did, and apart from the question of whether or not it's a good film (and I definitely think it is), may or may not simply like it like I did. But for what my opinion is worth, I unhesitatingly give it a full 10/10.

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