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From Time To Time
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Although WWII is drawing to an end, there are still a number of British soldiers unaccounted for -- among them is the father of young Tolly (Alex Etel), who has been sent to live with his grandmother (Maggie Smith) while his own mother attempts to use her political connections to discern his father's whereabouts. Moving into the old manor house, Tolly becomes fascinated with its romantic and frequently tragic history. The paintings in the main hall tell a story of past generations and over a hundred year old mystery. But that is not all the secrets the old house contains, for after a ghostly encounter, Tolly becomes convinced the place is haunted. But it seems to contain more magic than that, for sometimes he encounters specters... and sometimes he is the ghost in their world. Weaving in and out of time, he becomes involved in the lives of the great old family that once lived there...
With a mean-spirited son and a blind daughter to look after, not to mention his bored, aristocratic wife (Carice van Houten) feeling neglected, it is all Captain Oldknow (Hugh Bonneville) can do to look after his affairs when he is on shore leave. On his most recent trip home he has brought a surprise for his daughter Susan (Eliza Bennett) -- a young Negro boy escaped from slavers, who will become her "eyes" and her companion. His son Sefton (Douglas Booth) takes an immediate disliking for Jacob (Kwayedza Kureya) but he becomes invaluable to Susan. However, the malicious butler Caxton (Dominc West) is considering how best to be rid of him.Read more ›
This film is set in an old manor in Great Britain near the end of World War II. A teenage boy, Tolly, comes to stay with his grandmother, who lives in the manor. At the beginning, Tolly questions his grandmother about portraits of family members long past. From that point on, he has quite an adventure.
If you want to know more, you'll have to wait for other reviews or just watch the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Initially, Tolly resents his granny because he thinks she dislikes his mother, but gradually a close bond forms between the two. Tolly discovers that the estate is in financial trouble and that his granny may be forced to sell it. Tolly also makes another startling discovery - that the estate is haunted by the spirits of a previous generation of Oldknow's, mainly young Susan (Eliza Bennett) who lived in the house more than a century earlier. Susan's father, Captain Oldknow (Hugh Bonneville) is a kind seafaring man who brings home an escaped slave named Jacob and provides for him, expecting only that Jacob be Susan's companion, for Susan is blind. But Maria, the Captain's Dutch wife (played by Carice Van Houten of Black Book) is not keen on the boy and spends her days squandering the Captain's wealth. The couple's only son, Sefton (Douglas Booth) is a spoilt brat who abhors Jacob, and finds ways and means to make Jacob's life miserable.
Tolly finds himself not only able to see some of these ghosts but also to be able to travel back in time (it is never explained how this happens) and witness events in the past. This later proves fortuitous as Tolly makes an important discovery that could very well save his granny's estate.
The story plays out quite well and is beautifully filmed. I'd characterize this as a family friendly drama - there is no foul language, no sexual scenes, and except for a few scenes where there is some bullying going on, no real violence.
We found the movie to be well paced and free of any seriously slow spots and enjoyed our journey of discovery with young Tolly as he discovers his house and his family's history interactively moving back and forth in time. Make no mistake, this is a ghost story told in a delightfully charming manner. It provides a very enjoyable evening for the entire family and I recommend it highly. Although we watched it initially on streaming video I am planning on buying the DVD for my permanent collection.
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I loved this movie! I'm not a fan of the slasher movies but love ghost stories and this was perfect!Published 2 days ago by Rebecca Codner
Sweet movie if slightly predictable. Fun to see all the actors I recognize from other work they've done.Published 5 days ago by DessertFirstBoston
Don't watch because you are looking to see other cast members from Downton Abbey - Lord Grantham, the Dowager Countess, Branson and the village doctor are the only ones I saw. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent WW II movie that brings several of the Downton Abbey cast together. It has an excellent surprise ending.Published 12 days ago by Michael Robertson
Great special effects, loved seeing so many Downton Abby cast members in this film. Beautifully written & directed. A bit predictable but very enjoyable.Published 15 days ago by M Mobley
Loved this film, anything with Maggie Smith is great and lots of Downton Abby actors as wellPublished 15 days ago by Suzanne Johnson
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