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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
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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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Trivia

The film, with its mostly house-set setting, like Stephen King's Misery (1990), evokes the feeling of having being based on a stage play, when it is based on a novel. The author, Laird Koenig, though did later adapt the book twenty-three years later as a stage play for the theatre, it being first performed around 1997. See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, Frank Hallet places the needle on an LP record and classical music is heard. While they are drinking tea, Frank asks Rynn what the music is and she replies, "Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1." As all vinyl LP's had labels in the center which indicated which work/s of music was/were on them, Frank should have known it was Chopin's First Piano Concerto without having to ask Rynn. See more »

Quotes

Rynn: You got any pets?
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Crazy Credits

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The Little Girl's Confession: Burial Service in the Rain
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Atmospheric thriller...
8 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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