Struggling to cope with the recent death of his mother, young Jake Tyler retreats from his family and the world at large. After being involved in a violent fight with some older boys at school, he winds up in the principal's office with his father who is told that Jake might benefit from professional help. Unfortunately, Jake's father has been unable to help himself through the loss of his wife. When not neglecting his son and daughter as a result, he's furious with them. Jesse (Jake's sister) is so fed up with her selfish father that she moves out of the house but not without leaving her pet ferret, Jasper, to keep her brother company. Jake & Jasper become fast friends as the two develop a strong bond. Yet just as this companionship seems on the verge of prying Jake from his shell, his father threatens to take Jasper away. With the thought of losing his best pal, Jake decides to run away from home and the two get lost in a nearby forest. Then when darkness falls Jake & Jasper not ... Written by
I was so pleased to see such a simple, and intrinsic human condition portrayed - simply refreshing! The actors were just right for each other and their roles. The basic concept of love and acceptance couldn't have been more succinctly portrayed, nor so touching in it's reach to all viewers. The interactions were brief, and profound. The scenery was well-chosen, and meshed well with the story. The "Behind the Scenes" portion of the DVD was an added bonus, I always enjoy those glimpses of character, weather they're "A"list stars or newcomers to film acting. all in all, a beautiful, and engaging piece of work by Allison Parker, who should definitely come under scrutiny in the future
And I can't get the tune out of my mind now either.
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