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Not a Stallone documentary

The value of small things is tenderly endorsed in this miniaturist French cousin of Alice In Wonderland and Moonrise Kingdom .

Olivier Ringer directs his daughter Wynona as Cathy, a six-year-old so convinced her parents think she’s invisible that she flees to the woods while on holiday.

As she nurtures seeds, hedgehogs, ladybirds and fish – nature’s tiny, magical treasures – Olivier teases an unselfconscious performance from Wynona and honours his heroine’s pint-sized perspective.

Her dreamy inner monologue dominates this slight but guileless charmer: sweetly, it practises the respect for the seeds we plant that it so gently preaches.

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Kevin Harley

Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.