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PatC.Dec 19, 2003A dry meaningful movie with no frills. It's about taking a stand whatever the cost, and the unattractiveness of being a hero. The framework of a family in chaos is so well established that it seems unlikely life will turn into a fairy tale existence at the end, as is implied.
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In the movie's high point, (Jeremy) Northam conducts an antagonistic interview with the boy, who eludes well-placed lawyerly traps.
The result is a rare treat, a revival of a period piece that doesn't descend into mere quaintness or prettiness, and that manages to capture the spirit of an earlier time without sacrificing the perspective of our own.