When Nicolas is locked outside the lodge during the heavy snowstorm, he walks around to the back of the building. As he approaches the double glass doors to see if they'll open- at 51 minutes 45 seconds- an avalanche occurs, and is visible through the left door glass panel. See more »
When Nicolas and his family are watching the television report of the bus crash, the announcer states that fifteen children are already dead. The camera shows well over fifteen body bags. See more »
A Little Psychological Mystery Seen And Felt By A Child
Much of the advance publicity for this quiet little slice of a child's life seem as if it's going to be sadism in the school and kids doing cloak and dagger work; neither is really true of this film, although there is a major discovery to be made as the main character (subtly etched by a preteen with an appealing sensitivity) negotiates his way among the strangers he is suddenly stuck with when his parents pop him down in a children's winter camp.
The lad has visions, but not without reason, and once seen, all the disparate pieces fit very nicely indeed; there is a fascinating music score that ranges from Rock to Rossini, and if I haven't said a good deal about what happens, it's because what happens to the boy is a mystery: the wish bracelet he wears tells the story. This is not a fast-paced thriller, but a contemplative voyage into a child's mind, crossed with elements of a classic mystery.
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