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October 27, 2017

At the Movies: ‘Wonderstruck' a beautiful fable for youngsters

AP Film Writer

For devoted fans of certain prestige directors, it's always a little disarming to see them make a true children's film. Expectations have to be readjusted in real time as you submit to something else, something different. That exercise can yield disappointment, but sometimes, maybe even most of the time, the results are transcendent. Think about Alfonso Cuaron's “A Little Princess” or Martin Scorsese's “Hugo.” When a master of cinema decides to look at the world from a child's perspective, we should all line up.

“Wonderstruck,” the latest from “Far From Heaven” director Todd Haynes is very much for the young — for those who still find pleasure in tactile simplicity, who pour over pop-up books and paper dolls, who fantasize about the past, and whose imaginations are richer, more elaborate and darker than most adults care to remember.

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