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The Secret Garden 1993
G

  • Agnieszka Holland
  • August 13, 1993
  • 102 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Family, Fantasy
The timeless tale of a special place where magic, hope and love grow.
A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring the estate and discovers a garden that has been locked and neglected. Aided by one of the servants' boys, she begins restoring the garden, and eventually discovers some other secrets of the manor.

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Not the most faithful adaptation in the world, though it keeps the general spirit of the novel, which is really more important. The lead actress carries the film extremely well for how old she was at the time, and the supporting characters are equally strong (with the possible exception of the actor who played Colin). Dame Maggie Smith is a particular stand out, unsurprisingly.

But man, the thing about this film that has always stuck with me is that it's just pretty. Every set piece in the film is full of character and atmosphere, and the surrounding English moors are filmed beautifully. It's really just lovely to watch.

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They don't make them like this anymore. Just beautiful.

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