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Release date: 6 January 2017
Running time: 108 minutes
A troubled boy is mentored by a tree monster in this emotionally powerful fantasy-drama Life is tough for 12-year-old Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall). His mum (Felicity Jones) is battling a terminal illness, while his distant, divorced dad (Toby Kebbell) has started a new life in the US. He's bullied at school and beset by nightmares. And his only adult companion is his severe, brittle maternal grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). Then something fantastic happens. A giant yew tree (Liam Neeson in performance-capture mode) springs to life, stomps over to Conor's window and begins to tell him astonishing fairytales. Adapted by Patrick Ness from his own acclaimed young adult novel, this intimate, ultimately heart-warming fable about a boy coming to terms with the messiness of real life is all the more moving for being rooted in genuine fears. Director J.A. Bayona, of 'The Impossible' fame, delivers a stunning spectacle, blending beautiful animation and incredible special effects with amazing sets.
Original title: A Monster Calls
Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Age restrictions: 12A