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The Secret Garden (1993)The Secret Garden (1993)

The Secret Garden (1993)

A sweet, classic family story with a strong emotional payoff

Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.4

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United Kingdom, United States of America
English
Easy, Feel-Good, Heart-warming
1993
Agnieszka Holland, Female director
Andrew Knott, Arthur Spreckley, Heydon Prowse
102 min

Synopsis

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A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring the estate and discovers a garden that has been locked and neglected. Aided by one of the servants' boys, she begins restoring the garden, and eventually discovers some other secrets of the manor.

Our Take

7.4
The Staff

Even if it seems like nothing really “happens” for much of The Secret Garden, its characters paint quite the moving picture of neglected children and their indomitable capacity to find hope in the world. Director Agnieszka Holland tells this story with just the right amount of whimsy: at times it’s spooky and magical, but everything is grounded in the charming performances of the film’s young actors, who are allowed to be difficult, smart, and sorrowful whenever they need to be. It may be old-fashioned, but watching it in this new decade—when we’re all trying to guard our kids from sickness and death—makes it feel all the more relevant.

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