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A Monster Calls (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 6 January 2017 (USA)
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A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness.

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Cast

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Conor
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Grandma
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Mum
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Dad
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Mr. Clark
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Harry
Oliver Steer ...
Sully
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Anton
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Max Gabbay ...
Steven
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Max Golds ...
5-Year-Old Connor
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Lily's Mum
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Female Nurse
Patrick Taggart ...
Teacher
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Storyline

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother's sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?

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Stories are wild creatures.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images | See all certifications »

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6 January 2017 (USA)  »

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Quelques minutes après minuit  »

Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,909 (USA) (23 December 2016)

Gross:

$2,171,543 (USA) (6 January 2017)
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Liam Neeson appears as Conor's grandfather in the photo of Conor's mother as a little girl being carried by her father. See more »

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Conor and his mom watch a 16mm print of the original "King Kong." But when she threads the projector, we can clearly see the film is color, not black-and-white. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: A Monster Calls/Hidden Figures (2017) See more »

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Tear Up This Town
(film version by Keane)
Composed by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin
Performed by Fernando Velázquez, Keane
2016 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
(p) 2016 Quartet Records
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One of the most impressive coming of age story I've ever seen
14 October 2016 | by (Jakarta, Indonesia) – See all my reviews

Been quite long since the last time I wrote something about anything, but I guess this one deserves a bit more words than others.

Every once in a while you might watch something that absorbed you completely and got you thinking about it. Not because it's perfect but because it touched you personally.

A Monster Calls tells a story about a boy named Conor who has to cope with his mom's illness while going through his adolescence. Sounds like a typical coming-of-age story, but it's not. Bayona has created one of a kind, exquisite, complex and profound story for all ages while at the same time didn't forget to look gorgeous (I'd totally buy their watercolor artworks) and well-acted. The most impressive part of the movie for me wasn't the technicality but the emotion and imagination involved while creating this.

But at the end of the day, Bayona won me over simply by reminding us all that sometimes it's when you hold something closest to you that you're finally able to let it go.


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