Tom's Midnight Garden

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Just watched this superb film, a great fantasy for young and old alike.  A film about adolescence in a similar way to Peter Pan, but perhaps more redolent of The Secret Garden, a young boy Tom finds himself befriending a young girl called Hatty, but soon finds that she (and the gardener) are the only people who can see him.  He has travelled several decades back in time, and what seems like a day to him are months in Hatty's world.  He falls in love with her, but she grows older as he remains the same age, and in time she starts to fall in love with another man.

Beautifully cast, though perhaps Anthony Way is a bit old for the role of Tom, this film stars Greta Scacchi,  David Bradley  and Joan Plowright, and  Florence Hoath/Caroline Carver as Hatty.  The garden itself is almost a character, a metaphor for the inevitability of change and time, but stunningly beautiful and the winter scenes would make it a perfect film for the upcoming Christmas season.  A film primarily for kids, but like all the best children's books and films, it is just as enjoyable for adults.
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