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Katie, a cynical 12-year-old staying with her grandmother in Newfoundland, meets the ghosts of two French aviators who vanished in 1927 while trying to beat Lindbergh across the Atlantic. Only she and her little brother can see the ghosts, though apparently the children's father, a test pilot who died four years earlier, met the ghosts as a little boy and decided to take up flying. The aviators crashed in a fog, and on every foggy night they're doomed to repeat the disaster, so Katie and a young friend help them salvage the plane's physical wreckage so they can resume their flight and find peace—these are healing rather than haunting ghosts, standing for the curative power of children's imagination, and Katie's time with them helps her recover from the loss of her father. Unfortunately Newfoundland is only a name here: its unique dialects, topography, trees, and buildings are absent from the suburban production design and David Wellington's competent but anonymous direction.

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