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Paperhouse (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 17 February 1989 (USA)
A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book.

Director:

Bernard Rose

Writers:

Catherine Storr (novel), Matthew Jacobs (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlotte Burke Charlotte Burke ... Anna Madden
Jane Bertish Jane Bertish ... Miss Vanstone
Samantha Cahill Samantha Cahill ... Sharon
Glenne Headly ... Kate Madden
Sarah Newbold Sarah Newbold ... Karen (Anna's school friend)
Gary Bleasdale Gary Bleasdale ... Policeman
Elliott Spiers ... Marc
Gemma Jones ... Dr. Sarah Nicols
Steven O'Donnell ... Dustman
Ben Cross ... Dad Madden
Karen Gledhill Karen Gledhill ... Nurse
Barbara Keogh Barbara Keogh ... Hotel receptionist
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Storyline

Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turning into a nightmare. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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A drawing that became a dream. A dream that became reality. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paperhouse - Alpträume werden wahr See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$241,278
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Production Co:

Working Title Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Despite playing the lead character in this film, Charlotte Burke never appeared in any film ever again. See more »

Goofs

While in the car with her mother, Anna puts her father's telegram in her pocket twice. See more »

Quotes

Marc: Go away.
Anna Madden: No. You let me in, and then I'll go away.
Marc: Can't do that.
Anna Madden: Why not?
Marc: Because there aren't any stairs.
Anna Madden: How did you get up there, then?
Marc: I dunno... I'm just here.
Anna Madden: Can't you tell someone else to let me in?
Marc: There isn't anyone else.
Anna Madden: Look, just stop mucking around and let me in!
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A40 Overhead Section
Written by Bernard Rose
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Fantastic psychological drama.
25 June 2001 | by qrt7See all my reviews

A great film this, and a shame that it will receive little attention outside of arthouse circles and students who stay up until two in the morning to watch it on Channel Four.

The plot is a simple one but works very effectively, the blurring between child-like fantasy and hard-hitting nightmare is very well blurred. The budget looks pretty low, but to the credit of those involved it doesn't show too often. It also hasn't dated that much either.

I was lucky enough to tape this off the telly when it was on a few years ago, and it has withstood half-a-dozen viewings. It's one of those films that won't appeal to all; though as usual, those with a more thoughtful approach to cinema would get a lot out of this.

Charlotte Buerke puts in a good performance as Anna, the spoilt brat and it is a shame she seems to have gone from the acting scene. Cross is also very good, carrying the stature of his character very well within the context of the picture.

There are some genuinely (and I don't say that lightly) disturbing moments in this film, both half-second shockers and more drawn-out tensions. Watch it with the lights out!

Highly recommended.

9/10


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