In the polio epidemic of the 1950s, a parochial school girl finds a miraculous escape from her gothic childhood.

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Virginia
Missy Mellor ...
Nun
Louisa Braden Johnson ...
School Child
James Carroll ...
School Child
Zelda R. Ferguson ...
School Child
Taj Finger ...
School Child
Chelsea Holland ...
School Child
Randall Kaplan ...
School Child
Kate Marvin ...
School Child
Matt Nielsen ...
School Child
Benjamin Grossman-Cohen ...
Boy with limp
Nora Carroll ...
Susan King
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In the polio epidemic of the 1950s, a parochial school girl finds a miraculous escape from her gothic childhood.

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Great short film! (POSSIBLE SPOILERS)

Thats about it, I love this movie! It's great. Seeing Mischa Barton's 'child actress' movies are always fun. All of her movies have been good, including Tart, which most people hated. It has a beautiful and wonderful story upon it that few movies can master. I think they should make a sequel. I wrote a short essay after watching this movie, not because it affected me, but that it left such a great impression. To me, the use of 'Polio Water' as title is apt, as the movie goes to show how many people continue to live in their private hells, when all around them is a place which seems like paradise. These people, though socially interactive at times, seem more preoccupied with the ghosts of their pasts rather than the blessings of the moment. Only when these characters are able to let go of the demons that haunt them are they able to once again experience the joys of love and intimacy.

This film can help us to evaluate the things that we allow to control us, and help us to understand that instead of examining our lives under a microscope, we should allow ourselves to look up and out sometimes, and maybe discover all those things missing in our lives but which were right by us all the time. Polio Water was a beautiful yet under-appreciated movie. If it weren't for HBO I probably would have never seen it. Mischa Barton is a parochial school girl during the polio epidemic of the 1950s. She doesn't have many friends either but is very smart and inquisitive. Mischa Barton is incredibly adorable and well on her way to her excellent role in 'Lawn Dogs.'

The movie is somewhat slow moving at the beginning but builds up to a great movie. Everything is believable. This is definitely a film worth seeing. Don't be turned off just because you haven't heard of it. It's better than a lot of that trash that is highly advertised. It is mainly about a girl who goes on an adventurous, dangerous odyssey to escape her goth like childhood and proves to be be wilder than any adventure she has imagined. My score. ..7/10. Definitely recommended.


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