Opal Dream

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Released 2006

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Director:
Peter Cattaneo
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG
Opal Dream is a 2006 drama directed by Peter Cattaneo and based on a novella by Ben Rice. Ashmol Williamson (Christian Byers) loves his little sister Kellyanne (Sapphire Boyce), but sometimes he cannot help feeling annoyed by her odd behavior. The Williamsons' father, Rex (Vince Colosimo), moved the family to the Australian town of Coober Pedy. Rex hopes to strike it big in opal mining, but so far the family is discouraged. Kellyanne spends her time playing with a pair of imaginary friends, Pobby and Dingan. The problem is that Kellyanne's imaginary friends keep Ashmol and his sister from making any real friends at their new school. Rex decides to help out by telling Kellyanne that he will take Pobby and Dingan with him to work, encouraging Kellyanne to socialize with her real classmates. However, when Rex comes home, Kellyanne is devastated. She insists that Pobby and Dingan got lost. Kellyanne is so griefstricken that she becomes ill. Not wanting to lose his little sister, Ashmol claims that he will go to the opal mines and retrieve Pobby and Dingan, but it may be too late.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    An exceptional family film, arriving just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Directed with sensitivity by "The Full Monty's" Peter Cattaneo, it is the antithesis of the standard...

  • 50

    Variety

    From the first frames, when lollypops are offered to the camera, there's no escaping the saccharine miasma of whimsy enveloping Peter Cattaneo's Opal Dream.

  • 40

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A warning to parents everywhere about the dangers of indulging irrational behavior, Opal Dream is a sickly sweet tale of deep dysfunction masquerading as family solidarity.

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    Family Dramas, Coming of Age, Psychological, Independent