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Emily Lindstrom, 14, is an aspiring concert violinist; she's spending the summer practicing for a big audition while her girlfriends are at camp. She's also got a thriving neighborhood business: for 50 cents, she'll keep your secret. Her mother is very pregnant, and her parents seem more concerned about the new baby than anything Emily cares about. A new family moves in next door; their son, Philip, 12, becomes Emily's friend. Eventually, the weight of Emily's secrets - her own, the ones she's keeping professionally, and a secret Philip tells her, send her life temporarily crashing down. Written by
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Evan Rachel Wood was sent a violin before shooting. As well as having some lessons, she copied the correct movements from a video sent to her, in which her violin pieces were played by a professional violinist. See more »
When Philip and Emily are eating pizza, Emily is having some sort of vegetable pizza in her close-up shot but Hawaiian pizza in other shots. See more »
When the credits rolled, I looked over at the family and...
... and everyone responded with a cheerful (maybe a little tearful) thumbs up.
Sure, we know that main character, Evan, isn't "really" playing the violin, but once you get past that, you can get into the story... and a great story it is. One that works on many levels. I wasn't prepared for some of the "surprises" -- especially the emotional ones.
The relationships that build are never forced, almost as though the three main stars (Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Anarano and David Gallagher) are good "off screen" friends. The three make great use of facial expressions and body language, even when they don't have a speaking part. And speaking of speaking, it's great to see (or, rather, *hear*) a movie that doesn't have to resort to trashy talk in order to develop its characters. (Why, I can't recall my TV Guardian blanking out a single bad word -- way to go Blair Treu!)
For a good Family Movie -- Little Secrets is highly recommended.
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