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GRANDMAS SECRET

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GRANDMAS SECRET is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-12
15 minutes
VIDEO
LYDIA BRUNA
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I really like the story line of this film, although it takes a while to grab really your attention. It is live action with dialogue in German and English sub-titles. The acting and sets are truly first rate.

The film is about two friends, a boy named Tom (Timo Stawski) and a girl named Lisa (Runa Scholz), who visit Lisa's grandma's house every Friday. After Lisa's grandma starts acting weird, they decide to follow her to discover her secret. I like this film because it has a cute storyline and neat camera work. The characters are likable and relatable. Plus, the setting is beautiful with colorful flowers and birds chirping in the background. I love how the director of photography, Daniel Leibold, gets creative with his camera angles--going up close and then showing far away shots.

The storyline is sweet in a bunch of ways. I like how much the characters care for one another. They always are doing little things to put a smile on someone's face. The beginning of the story is a bit slow, but it develops a little faster as the film goes on, almost like the train gaining speed in the film.

I was impressed with how the director of photography, Daniel Leibold, goes from shooting a real train to the model train. It makes for a cool transition. I also like the close up shots of the various flowers mixed with different angles of the characters and moving train. I would have liked more shots of what it looks like while riding the train.

The costumes seem fit the story line, although nothing really stands out, except for the scarf Grandma Klara (Carmen Molinar) wears. The overalls she wears with the white blouse makes me think of the character Donna Sheridan in the film Mamma Mia! The sets are gorgeous. They made me feel like I'm on vacation with all the vibrant colors and sounds of the train traveling through the tunnel. I like the sounds of the birds chirping and the train traveling. At some parts the music drives the action, but at other times it doesn't do much for the script. Luckily the actors' performances are quite good.

One of my favorite scenes is when the real train goes through a tunnel and comes through the other side as a model train.

Timo Stawski, as Tom, shows his emotions well throughout the film. He's a bit of a romantic and his expressions show how he is feeling at any given time. Runa Scholz, as Lisa, is less expressive, although she does successfully show how much she loves her grandmother. Carmen Molinar, as Klara, makes the audience keep guessing what is wrong with her.

The message of the film is to ask questions. Making assumptions can lead to more problems. I liked when Herbert kisses Grandma Klara and when she tries to stop Tom from kissing Lisa on the cheek, and how Lisa is grossed out by her grandma kissing Herbert. I enjoyed seeing what the inside of a train looks like. I'd like to ride in one now.

This film doesn't have any American star power, but the director, Lydia Bruna is the writer of a popular German kids television show called Schloss Einstein. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 9. Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

I really like the story line of this film, although it takes a while to grab really your attention. It is live action with dialogue in German and English sub-titles. The acting and sets are truly first rate.

The film is about two friends, a boy named Tom (Timo Stawski) and a girl named Lisa (Runa Scholz), who visit Lisa's grandma's house every Friday. After Lisa's grandma starts acting weird, they decide to follow her to discover her secret. I like this film because it has a cute storyline and neat camera work. The characters are likable and relatable. Plus, the setting is beautiful with colorful flowers and birds chirping in the background. I love how the director of photography, Daniel Leibold, gets creative with his camera angles--going up close and then showing far away shots.

The storyline is sweet in a bunch of ways. I like how much the characters care for one another. They always are doing little things to put a smile on someone's face. The beginning of the story is a bit slow, but it develops a little faster as the film goes on, almost like the train gaining speed in the film.

I was impressed with how the director of photography, Daniel Leibold, goes from shooting a real train to the model train. It makes for a cool transition. I also like the close up shots of the various flowers mixed with different angles of the characters and moving train. I would have liked more shots of what it looks like while riding the train.

The costumes seem fit the story line, although nothing really stands out, except for the scarf Grandma Klara (Carmen Molinar) wears. The overalls she wears with the white blouse makes me think of the character Donna Sheridan in the film Mamma Mia! The sets are gorgeous. They made me feel like I'm on vacation with all the vibrant colors and sounds of the train traveling through the tunnel. I like the sounds of the birds chirping and the train traveling. At some parts the music drives the action, but at other times it doesn't do much for the script. Luckily the actors' performances are quite good.

One of my favorite scenes is when the real train goes through a tunnel and comes through the other side as a model train.

Timo Stawski, as Tom, shows his emotions well throughout the film. He's a bit of a romantic and his expressions show how he is feeling at any given time. Runa Scholz, as Lisa, is less expressive, although she does successfully show how much she loves her grandmother. Carmen Molinar, as Klara, makes the audience keep guessing what is wrong with her.

The message of the film is to ask questions. Making assumptions can lead to more problems. I liked when Herbert kisses Grandma Klara and when she tries to stop Tom from kissing Lisa on the cheek, and how Lisa is grossed out by her grandma kissing Herbert. I enjoyed seeing what the inside of a train looks like. I'd like to ride in one now.

This film doesn't have any American star power, but the director, Lydia Bruna is the writer of a popular German kids television show called Schloss Einstein. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 9. Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Lisa is at her granny's like she is every Friday. But today everything is different - Granny is behaving weird and does the strangest things! Lisa hears her parents discussing what could be wrong with granny and as they mention an old people home, she starts really worrying. She decides to sneak after granny together with her best friend Tom, to find out what's going on. But Tom starts behaving weirdly to - maybe he caught what granny has?

A short story about how falling in love sweeps you off your feet.

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