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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) Movie Review

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Directed by Nicolas Gessner

Written by Laird Koenig (novel & screenplay)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen and Alexis Smith

Rynn Jacobs is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a secluded house that she and her father have rented in a quiet seaside community. But whenever anybody from the town tries to satisfy their curiosity, Rynn’s father is never around, and it seems as if the girl is all alone. Rynn’s resourcefulness is put to the test as several people try to find out what she might be hiding, including the snobby landlady and her sleazy son. Written by acidxian  

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The film begins on Halloween Night in a quiet New England village. That’s about as much of this that I want to spoil for you. I watched this film for the first time just today. If you’ve already seen it – well, imagine my shock. My attention was focused to a laser beam intensity within the first three minutes. Frank Hallet (Sheen) knocks on the door of Rhynn Jacobs (Foster), and we’re introduced to our first taste of this film’s insidious undercurrent. I hung on every word, every subtle gesture along the way to understanding how Rhynn came to be. Jodi Foster is at her absolute best as the precocious and intelligent Miss Jacobs – her young skills are sublime. Uh, she has an actual nude scene as well, so try to stay off the grid if you’re a registered sex offender.

Every frame of the film serves to progress the film forward in the most organic of ways. Nothing is lost on character development, and the actors made these characters painfully real to me. You’ll get to the point that every time Rhynn answers the phone or front door – it just leaves you filled with exponential anxiety. The dark elements within the film are so evil that you begin to pray for an acceptable climax and resolution. I was completely invested in this protagonist on a new level. I’m having a hard time explaining why the film resonated so powerfully with me. Given the deadly serious undertone of the film, it manages to even dot a few scenes with funky 70’s disco jams. It just works from every angle. There’s so much visual subtext in this wonderful film. Pay attention and don’t miss a single detail. Shame on me and this website for never watching this before now. I’ll put myself in timeout.

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