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Turning (2010)

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On his sixth birthday Robert receives three beautiful broken old birds in his mother's sitting room. A memory of an afternoon with tea and cake, lacy pink slips and a tale of an emperor with no skin.

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Karni Arieli, Saul Freed
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Patrick Gibbs Patrick Gibbs ... Robert
Natasha Alderslade Natasha Alderslade ... Mum
Maureen Wild Maureen Wild ... Olivia
Audrey Holt Audrey Holt ... Louise
Carol Kirkland Carol Kirkland ... Ruth
Agnes Davidson Agnes Davidson ... Girl in Field
Emily Duggan Emily Duggan ... Girl in Field
Inma Azorin Inma Azorin ... Girl in Field
Lily Mai Holloway Lily Mai Holloway ... Girl in Field
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On his sixth birthday Robert receives three beautiful broken old birds in his mother's sitting room. A memory of an afternoon with tea and cake, lacy pink slips and a tale of an emperor with no skin.

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UK

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English

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17 June 2010 (UK) See more »

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Weird, refreshing, beautiful filmmaking
13 October 2010 | by raffiamattingSee all my reviews

This is a strange and compelling little film which captures the weird innocence and unspoken sensuality of childhood. It's beautifully made, every shot is a feast for the eyes and ears, with a real richness of texture everywhere you look - the art direction, costume, lighting, music have clearly had much time and love lavished on them. I saw it at the Edinburgh Festival and then went to the videotheque and watched it again all over again. The little boy who plays the central character gives a beautiful performance, intense and watchful as three old ladies enter his life and bring their strange magic. Through his eyes they appear as birds, squawking and pecking and feeding on their cake. There is a range of really stunning animation too (stopframe, CG, shadowplay). You never know what is coming next with this film - an utter joy to watch.


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