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The Secret Garden (1993)

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2 p.m., Dryden Theatre

Agnieszka Holland’s sophisticated adaptation of this classic tale sticks closely to the source and expands upon the themes. Mary Lennox, raised in India until her parents pass away, is shipped to England to live with her preoccupied Uncle Craven in his massive, neglected mansion. With one of the servant’s brothers she finds a hidden door in the garden that leads to their own private hideout. With beautiful cinematography and an exceedingly talented cast, Holland delves into the story, bringing out the themes of isolation, renewal, and the need for risk in personal growth. A perfectly heartwarming film for the entire family.