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Annaluise and Anton

Anton, a sensitive boy whose waitress mother is seriously ill, becomes fast friends with Annaluise, a feisty, resourceful ten-year-old neglected by her career-minded technocrat parents. This 1998 German feature updates Erich Kästner?s classic children's novel from the 30s; director Caroline Link (Beyond Silence) preserves its contrasts in class behavior and parental accountability and punches up the emotional highs and lows the children experience through the adults' approval and rejection. In the end, however, Annaluise and Anton teach their elders a thing or two about altruism, a closure achieved with impeccable logic and appeal.

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