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What to know: A family friendly film that brings to life the bonds of friendship and shows how, when put to the test, forgiveness and love can win.
MYSTERY OF GREEN HILL, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 9-12
81 minutes
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This is a family friendly film that brings to life the bonds of friendship and shows us even when put to the test, forgiveness and love can win. The story follows a group of young friends trying to solve a mystery. The mystery keeps you interested and has a twist at the end. I enjoyed the story although I felt the writing could have been stronger. I enjoy when young actors are given the chance to shine on camera, although these young actors seem to be a bit inexperienced. The cinematography is very good though I almost got dizzy from the quick way the camera moves between actors. The audio recording and background music are very well executed. The continuity is quite good and makes the small town, the young peoples' imaginations and the band of friends real to the viewers. There aren't any special effects and the costumes and locations are well chosen for the tone of the film. You should be aware that the dialogue is in Croatian with English sub-titles. Also, because it is shot in Croatia, some of the mannerisms, dress and vocabulary are a bit different than kids are accustomed to in the U.S.A. But I do believe older kids would enjoy the storyline of the group of kids bonding together to solve the town mystery. I recommend it for ages 9 to 12 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Melissa T. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
oko and his friends are spending summer vacation on the shores of a lake near the idyllic Green Hill, hanging out and playing. The magical countryside is disturbed by unusual events which alarm the children as well as the locals: under cover of night, burglars break into one house after another, stealing anything valuable they can find. When the police turns a blind eye to denunciations by adults, the children decide to take matters into their own hands and unmask the burglars.
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