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Fanny is a young orphan girl who is sent to live with her detached Uncle Jonathan when her grandmother enters a nursing home. As Jonathan prepares for an organ recital of music by Bach, he tries to provide a proper environment for his young niece. Fanny collects other animals in addition to her pet skunk Broccoli with the help of her upstairs neighbor Sean. Written by
Beautiful Band B! Its a French film but thank goodness it came to the States, too
Fanny has lived with her grandmama for quite awhile. Sadly, her parents are deceased yet life is good with G-ma. This changes the day that the older lady realizes her health is not so good and she must go into a nursing home. Therefore, Grandmama brings Fanny to the home of her uncle, her dad's brother. He MUST be compelled to look after the nine year old gal. But, there are complications. First, the uncle is a bit odd. He quit his job to concentrate on winning an organ contest, for playing the instrument is his greatest joy. Plus, he is too shy to accept the quiet advances of a pretty female who works for his former firm. Even more, there is another secret as to why he is reluctant to take Fanny under his roof. But, seeing there is no alternative, he agrees to do so. What he doesn't know, at first, is that Fanny has brought her pet skunk and hamsters to live with them as well. When this is revealed, he is less than pleased. But, perhaps Fanny has the hidden talent of matchmaking and can bring romance into his life as well as break down his aversion to get close to anyone? This beautiful, heartfelt film is a gift from France. No one will recognize the actors' names but that's not important. What does matter is the universal themes of human connection, forgiveness, and learning to live after great disappointment. The scenery is also quite wonderful as is the lovely Bach melodies dotting the score. The version I saw was dubbed into English very well and presented no difficulties in the appreciation of a fine, fine flick. Families, especially those who are part of blended relatives, will benefit so much from a view!
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