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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 school scenes were shot at Colne Valley High School in Huddersfield, UK. See more »

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At no stage is it ever explained why Conor is in the same class at school as Harry (the bully), who is three or four years older than him. See more »

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Mum: ...and if you have to break things, then by God, you break them!
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Edited into Hollywood Express: Episode #15.1 (2017) See more »

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Tear Up This Town
(Orchestral Version)
Performed by Keane
Composed by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin
(p) 2016 Quartet Records
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Only truths will quench the fires of the heart
16 October 2016 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

A scary looking tree in the middle of a graveyard haunts the dreams of a little boy, Conor, who already has enough troubles while awake. A mother (Felicity Jones) with terminal cancer, bullies, absent father, dictatorial grandma (Sigourney Weaver) and now a threatening monster (Liam Neeson) to visit him at night; poor Conor does not have a lot going for him. On the plus side, the monster has only three stories to tell, yet when finished he insists that Conor tell a story of his own that reveals the truths in his heart. The monster's stories touch upon themes gnawing at Conor; the good and bad in every person, the consequences of actions and an invisible man who becomes more invisible by being seen. Still Conor refuses to acknowledge the truths. "You don't know me," he shouts "these stories are not real!" The monster then lays down the law, "I know everything about you, now speak the truth or die!"

A Monster Calls includes some amazing visual effects, fantastic scenes and brilliant dialogue. The film explores in compelling and thrilling ways how fantasy combines with reality, how people deal with their fears (for better and worse) and the tremendous power of stories. The actors are convincing and captivating and Neeson's voice is mesmerizing. You'd rob a bank if his voice told you to. Animation is used to illustrate the monster's stories. A Monster Calls is based on a novel by Patrick Ness. Seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.


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