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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 02.20.13] New Zealand drama

Let me start with this: if you don't want to be spoiled, you'd best steer clear of any descriptions of Sonya Hartnett's "Of a Boy" (published in the US as "What the Birds See") because doing a little reading on the source material, I stumbled on the rather crucial ending of Hartnett's novel which has inspired Daniel Borgman's The Weight of Elephants.

The film, which premiered in Berlin, follows a sensitive and lonely 11 year old boy named Adrian who struggles with his fears including anxieties about three children who have gone missing from the neighbourhood. His life is turned upside down, for the better, when he meets the new neighbour Nicole.

The trailer is beautiful and very reminiscent of the trailer for Terrence Malick's Tree of Life (review) and that's not a bad thing.

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