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
The make and model of the luxury car that Mrs. Hallet (Alexis Smith) drove was a dark green 1955 S-Type Bentley. See more »
Officer Ron sets his wine glass on the mantle before he leaves the house. When we see the mantle later, the wine glass is gone. When we see the mantle the third time, the wine glass has re-appeared, but in a different position. See more »
Like your father said in that letter: Since when do they let kids do what they want?
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Rynn sits staring at Frank Hallet through the entire ending credits as the fire burns behind her. See more »
There are some films which strike a chord immediately upon seeing, and stay in one's mind over many years. They act as a reference point for your life and experiences.
For me, this film was one such. I saw this about 4 times when it was released. I was aged 14. Jodie Foster played Rynn, a 13 year old in the film. I was an only child. Rynn was an only child.
(I think this was the first and only time I had a crush on a fictional character - the shots of the birthday cake with facial close-ups are still vivid. The - at the time - exotic kaftans added to the ambience.)
The murders and threatened child abuse aside (!), this is a story of survival, of independence, and of a growing realisation of a need for others.
There are many levels to this movie, and I would love to see this again. Perhaps a DVD release is overdue - even if only to satisfy my own nostalgia.
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