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THE CIRCUS MUST GO ON!

What to know: Charming story, well told.
THE CIRCUS MUST GO ON! is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-12
37 minutes
Screenplay
PENKOV� TEREZA
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This is a charming story, one that we have loved in its many incarnations over the years. And while it's probably true that there are no new stories, it is in the telling, in the moments of shining heaven and the moments of darkest hell and all the dismal greys in between that we give stories new life. That is the challenge of the writer.

Certainly the story structure is here as are the prerequisite characters. The family characters are true and loving, but appropriately lacking in faith. The protagonist, Kristynka, is innocent and bravely accepts the challenges of both her real and imaginative worlds. And most importantly, she leads us to believe that her 'sight' is true. And, of course, the antagonist is appropriately bad.

The dialog must serve both the character and the story. For the most part, these characters are well spoken but it sometimes misses the opportunity to add emotional depth to a character or to heighten conflict. Overall, the bones of the story are present but the meat - the fear, the emotion, the enchantment are understated.

We give The Circus Must Go On 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8-12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #10.

This is a charming story, one that we have loved in its many incarnations over the years. And while it's probably true that there are no new stories, it is in the telling, in the moments of shining heaven and the moments of darkest hell and all the dismal greys in between that we give stories new life. That is the challenge of the writer.

Certainly the story structure is here as are the prerequisite characters. The family characters are true and loving, but appropriately lacking in faith. The protagonist, Kristynka, is innocent and bravely accepts the challenges of both her real and imaginative worlds. And most importantly, she leads us to believe that her 'sight' is true. And, of course, the antagonist is appropriately bad.

The dialog must serve both the character and the story. For the most part, these characters are well spoken but it sometimes misses the opportunity to add emotional depth to a character or to heighten conflict. Overall, the bones of the story are present but the meat - the fear, the emotion, the enchantment are understated.

We give The Circus Must Go On 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8-12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #10.

The Hero of our story is an eight years old little Krist�nka, who sees a ghost of her passed away Grandpa. Her neighborhood feels anxious about it and on recommendation of her teacher she fell to the hands of the doctor Svetlana, who is going to set a trap for the little girl. Is she able to flee? A what will happen when the circus will arrive into town?
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