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AFRAID OF THE DARK

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AFRAID OF THE DARK is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-12
10 minutes
DVD
OYVIND MIKKELSEN SAUGERUD
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I love the camera shots, the color and feel of this film. The story tackles a topic that many kids have experienced - fear of the dark and how a dad helps his son overcome that fear. Watching this might help kids cope with their fear of the dark, especially the ending. The cinematography and the ambience of the film are very well done and quite believable as are the set, costumes and soundtrack. The cinematography is also quite good with well chosen shots that make the viewer feel involved. It flows well with a clear beginning, middle and end. It is clear and easy to understand. There is a bit of repetition in the middle which made my attention drift but the ending is solid. I recommend this be included in a film festival although, you should be aware that there is one instance of moderately inappropriate language. I recommend it for ages 8 to 12. In Norwegian with English subtitles.
This is a small film in every way. Limited in space and time, dealing with the oh so insignificant troubles of a father whose son refuses to go to sleep. Director's comment: I wanted to make a warm film about something that really is so insignificant, yet can be so frustrating when you are in the midst of it. How we handle it might not always be the best way, neither for the kids nor for ourselves. The story is inspired by the classic bedtime story "Can�t you sleep, Little bear?" In Norwegian with English subtitles.
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