Dust Factory, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Life-affirming family fantasy about a young boy (Ryan Kelley) -- mute since witnessing his father's tragic death -- who falls from a bridge into the titular dream realm somewhere between this world and the next, where he must confront his fears of mortality, guided by his grandfather (Armin Mueller-Stahl) and the friendship of a mercurial girl (Hayden Panettiere). Written and directed by Eric Small, the intriguing film wrestles with heavy issues -- death, loss and grief -- in an imaginative way, but its opaque narrative, freighted with surreal imagery, fogs the movie's underlying message: that despite its transience and unavoidable pain, life is ultimately worth embracing. Mature themes and some frightening images. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.
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