TODD HAYNES | USA | ENGLISH | 2017 | 115 MIN
This beautifully crafted adventure from Todd Haynes weaves together the stories of two children in two very different eras, whose parallel New York City adventures fatefully connect across time.
In a rural Minnesota town in 1977, grief-stricken Ben (Oakes Fegley) mourns the passing of his mother Elaine (Michelle Williams). After discovering a bookmark with a mysterious note written by a person Ben thinks might be the father he never knew, he decides to journey to the Big Apple to find answers. But before he can run away, Ben is struck by lightening and left without his hearing. He still forges on, and his adventures in the vibrantly colored, funky world of 70s New York runs parallel to the story of the 12-year-old mute Rose (Millicent Simmons), who navigates a 1920s NYC entirely devoid of sound and color. Presented in black and white and with an instrumental score that harkens back to the golden days of silent cinema, Rose’s quest takes her from her overbearing New Jersey home to the dressing room of famed actress Lillian Mayhew (Julianne Moore). Illuminating revelations transpire as the two stories gradually collide, leading to a tremendously powerful finale. Based on an illustrated novel by Hugo author Brian Selznick, the latest from director Todd Haynes is a brilliant homage to two celebrated cinematic eras, anchored by extraordinary performances from its promising young stars.
CAST: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds
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