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A Monster Calls
This elegantly made fantasy drama is a terrific double-act of moving central performances accompanied by stunning imagery and effects. Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona (who made THE IMPOSSIBLE) has crafted a moody and magnificent film, essentially centred around 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), beaten at school and living with his fastidious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), while his ill mother is in hospital. From his nightmares springs a bark-skinned ape colossus (boomingly voiced by Liam Neeson), who acts as guardian angel and advisor, as he tries to deal with the dark and raw moments in his young life.
2016 / English dialogue with Arabic and French subtitles / Colour / 108 mins
Genre: Drama and Fantasy
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: 15+
Contains: Adult References
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Producer: Belén Atienza
Screenplay: Patrick Ness
DOP: Óscar Faura
Editor: Toby Kebbell, Bernat Vilaplana
Composer: Fernando Velázquez
Cast: Lewis Macdougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver
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