An unusual explorer named Gum (Richard Griffiths) and his kindly niece (Emilia Fox) adopt three orphans -- Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and Posy (Lucy Boynton) -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. Together, they nurture their passions for acting, aviation and ballet in this charming TV adaptation of Noel Streatfield's novel.
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Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; cast and crew interviews.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that for children interested in the performing arts, this family-friendly movie and its emphasis on a rigid training regimen as a road to sure success will be appealing. A loving family comprising three girls adopted from around the world and their guardian and nanny is depicted, working together to overcome tough economic times in Britain in the 1930s. One child runs away but returns without harm. Expect plenty of era-appropriate smoking as well.
- Sexual Content
- Dance teacher talks with nostalgia of meeting men at the stage door; brief scene of scantily clad dancers; adult characters pine for each other from afar for most of movie.
- Not applicable
- This is a British production so some of the slang terms may be unfamiliar to children, like "skint," and "fag" as a name for a cigarette.
- Social Behavior
- Three orphans who become adopted sisters work hard to help their guardian through times of financial crisis, but for two of the characters the work becomes self-serving and an avenue for arrogance. The bonds of love are strong for this haphazardly formed family of women, who believe that "the world isn't kind to girls who can't support themselves." One sister pokes fun of other students and teachers, challenges a famous ballet master, and is more worried for her ballet training than her teacher when the woman becomes ill.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Director didn't skimp on era-appropriate adult smoking, though one new smoker chokes and throws a butt away after one puff.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it