- 1h 25m
Inspired by true events, Opal is story of self-taught naturalist Opal Whiteley. Raised in a logging camp in the early 1900s, Opal becomes an international sensation with the publication of her childhood diaries in the Atlantic Monthly. But things go awry when encoded messages are discovered in her writing, suggesting the diary may have been faked, and setting off a storm of controversy. —Anonymous
Beautifully shot film exploring the controversy surrounding child diarist Opal Whitely.
A beautifully shot film exploring the controversy surrounding child diarist Opal Whitely. The author/director does a fine job of maintaining the ambiguities at the heart of Opal's story. The film's use of Opal's original words, coupled with a fine soundtrack and beautiful natural light and settings, give us a taste of Opal's ability to awaken in her audiences in the 1920's the power of our shared connection to the natural world. In the context of this story, the film also suggests how easily that connection to nature can be corrupted by money, power, and the intricacies of trying to please others. This film has a strong narrative and an ability to present the subtleties of a story. The film actually uses its medium--the visual--to let the story unfold, which is something that so often seems to be lacking in hit-you-over-the-head-with-it Big Hollywood fare. Bottom line: Interesting, very watchable, and thought-provoking film that left me wanting to know more about its provocative central character.
- Feb 12, 2012
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