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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  26 January 1977 (France)
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13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

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Mario
Dorothy Davis ...
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Clesson Goodhue ...
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Hubert Noël ...
Bank Clerk (as Hubert Noel)
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Mary Morter ...
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Julie Wildman ...
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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 acidxian

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She was only a little girl. She lived in a great big house... all alone. Where is her mother? Where is her father? Where are all the people who went to visit her? What is her unspeakable secret? Everyone who knows is dead. See more »


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26 January 1977 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)
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The film was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by Laird Koenig was first published in 1974. Koenig also wrote the screenplay for the movie. See more »

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Despite the fact that when Rynn first meets the policeman they have a discussion about the proper pronunciation of his last name being "Miglioriti", several times later in the film Mrs. Hallet, her son, and even Rynn herself all refer to him as officer "Migliori" See more »

Quotes

Rynn: [about her mom] My father had given me a small bottle containing some white powder. He said if she should arrive, I should put it in her tea. Calm her, make her less agressive.
Mario: Well it sure did, but you didn't know what it was, eh?
Rynn: Not until after. I looked it up based on it properties. Potassium cyanide.
Mario: And that's what you put in her tea?
Rynn: Father meant what he said about doing anything you have to to survive.
[Mario looks at his tea]
Mario: How come you're not drinking yours?
Rynn: Mine's still too hot, I ...
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Interesting Little Thriller.
28 December 2006 | by (New York City, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane" focuses on Rynn Jacobs (played by the brilliant Jodie Foster), a thirteen year old girl who lives in an old house a little outside of a small seaside town. The neighbors and townspeople are nosy, and always end up checking in on Rynn to find her all by herself, a very independent little girl. But where is her father? That is the question that everyone who visits the home has. Rynn has temporary excuses to her father's whereabouts, but soon Rynn has to resort to extremes - even murder - to hide a secret from the nosy people and the landlord who are invading her home and wanting to know too much information.

More of a drama thriller than a horror movie (as the film may seem), "The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane" is an interesting psychological thriller that is held very well with Jodie Foster's excellent performance (as always). She shows off her acting abilities in everything I've seen her in, and even in this, which is her earlier work, she still shows a high amount of potential. It's no wonder she's become such a celebrated Hollywood actress, she's good at what she does. Martin Sheen, also playing a nosy neighbor in this film, is also very good in his role. I liked the idea of this film - an isolated and lonely little girl who seems to be possibly living alone, but hiding a secret as to why her father has mysteriously disappeared. But where is her father, and why isn't he there? The premise is intriguing so I thoroughly enjoyed the film. And the idea of such a young child resorting to murder is plain disturbing, even though it has been done a number of times, it's done very well here.

But the real strong point of this film is what happens in the audience's point of view. We, just like the landlord and her son, and all of the other nosy people that are invading her home, don't know the secret behind why Rynn's father is gone either. The audience is put in the position of these characters, and it's a really fun experience to try and figure it out for ourselves.

Overall, "The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane" is a sometimes eerie and interesting thriller. It keeps the audience guessing along with it but holds onto our interest the entire time and doesn't fail with the storyline. Very well executed and very well acted, with a strong atmosphere to go along with it. Don't expect a gory slasher film though, because this is nothing even close to that. 7/10.


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