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Rynn Jacobs is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a secluded house that she and her father have rented in a quiet seaside community. But whenever anybody from the town tries to satisfy their curiosity, Rynn's father is never around, and it seems as if the girl is all alone. Rynn's resourcefulness is put to the test as several people try to find out what she might be hiding, including the snobby landlady and her sleazy son. Written by
In interviews, Jodie Foster usually refrains from saying which of her films are her least favorites, but she has let it slip that this movie isn't one she is fond of, explaining, "When people are there to simply do a job they don't have any passion for, those are nearly always bad films." See more »
Frank Hallet tells Rynn that she put more milk in her cup than in his when she makes them tea, but this isn't even close to true, as she barely put any milk in her cup at all. See more »
Rynn, I don't believe what you've been telling me about your father.
No, no you're going to tell me that he's in there working, right?
He was this afternoon translating.
Then he was and now he isn't, that's it, eh?
No he's resting upstairs.
I've been here 3 times, and each time I notice how good you are with words, you're very careful, you're too God damned careful.
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Rynn sits staring at Frank Hallet through the entire ending credits as the fire burns behind her. See more »
This film was made in 1976, when thriller/suspense still had to have some semblance of a plot; innuendo rather than special effects; decent acting rather than explosions and violence.
And for that it is to be appreciated. Jodi Foster is very good as Rynn, a mysterious 13 year old who lives alone in a seaside town, somewhere off the coast of Massachusetts. Martin Sheen, as always, is excellent as a neighborhood creep, interested in Rynn, (he has some sort of criminal history against children).
Scott Jacoby is her peer, trying to help her live alone, and stay in the house her father has provided, although her father and mother have both mysteriously disappeared.
All in all an interesting theme, with some beautiful landscapes of the New England, and the beaches during winter. 8/10.
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