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A Monster Calls (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 6 January 2017 (USA)
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A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness.

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Conor
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Grandma
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Mum
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Dad
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Mr. Clark
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Harry
Oliver Steer ...
Sully
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Anton
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Max Gabbay ...
Steven
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Max Golds ...
5-Year-Old Connor
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Lily's Mum
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Female Nurse
Patrick Taggart ...
Teacher
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Storyline

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother's sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?

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Stories are wild creatures.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images | See all certifications »

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6 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un monstruo viene a verme  »

Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,909 (USA) (23 December 2016)

Gross:

$3,730,982 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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Trivia

The host of the ScreenJunkies Show, Hal Rudnick, claims he openly cried in a Chipotle thinking about this movie. See more »

Goofs

Conor and his mom watch a 16mm print of the original "King Kong." But when she threads the projector, we can clearly see the film is color, not black-and-white. See more »

Quotes

Conor: What do I do?
The Monster: Now all that is left is for you to speak the simplest truth of all.
Conor: I don't want you to go.
Mum: I know my love.
Conor: I don't want you to go...
Conor: How does the fourth story end?
The Monster: It ends with a boy holding on tight to his mother. And by doing so... he can finally let her go.
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Connections

Edited into Hollywood Express: Episode #15.2 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Tear Up This Town
(film version by Keane)
Composed by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin
Performed by Fernando Velázquez, Keane
2016 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
(p) 2016 Quartet Records
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Absolutely blown away
14 December 2016 | by (Vietnam) – See all my reviews

When I first walk into theater, I was not expecting much of this. Yeah, the first moments were so cliché I thought this would just be a mediocre movie at best. But after the movie, everything changed, and this became one of the best movies I've seen in years The director use beautifully rendered CGI to deliver the emotions of a struggling young boy coping with reality. It was already a hard concept that few movie successfully delivered, and yet he make so many people I know broke down in tears. Moreover, he also make use of the visual to express the incredibly complicated yet meaningful plot of the movie, constantly changing between fantasy and reality, truth and lies, acceptance and the growing of a boy into adulthood. The main actor while only a young man has already show signs of greatness, you can only wonder if he had already gone through all of this. He also actually took the time to developed each character, making the audiences attach to each and everyone of them. Which is why the ending was even more dramatic and sad for many of us And the soundtrack, oh man, the soundtrack just hit me where it really feels, this is probably the best part of this movie. Whether it's total silence for contemplation of characters or full- on orchestral work for the climax or the sad violin, man, they totally nailed it.


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