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Sophie's Misfortunes (Les malheurs de Sophie)

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

French period adaptation has violence against kids, grief.

Movie NR 2016 106 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Dreadful for children

This film has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It depicts child neglect and abuse which our son found quite disturbing. It also portrays animal abuse by both children and adults.

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

As Sophie makes her way around her lavish French estate, the camera remains low to the ground. Taking cue's from Steven Spielberg's classic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Sophie's Misfortunes shows all scenes featuring children from their eye level. Seeing the world from their point of view, we're treated to fun flourishes like cartoon animals appearing, and sequences that remind us of the joys of childhood. Alongside the cartoon animals, characters occasionally directly address the audience and musical numbers spring out of nowhere. Director Christophe Honoré allows Sophie's anarchic free spirit to permeate the movie. And this spirit is perfectly embodied by the young Grant, who gives a star turn in the titular role.

From Sophie's point of view, we also see the oppression some adults can put on kids, snuffing out their spark and imagination. Madam Fichie is a particularly nasty stepmother, but one whose meanness is matched by the kindness of other adults. Largely female-led -- all the kids' fathers are away and never seen -- this is a movie on the side of children, with enough spirit and top performances to carry adults along with it too.

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