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The Dust Factory (2005)

Hayden Panettiere , Ryan Kelley , Eric Small  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Kelley, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Kim Myers, George De La Pena
  • Directors: Eric Small
  • Writers: Eric Small
  • Producers: Eric Small, Erika Lockridge, Jonathan Dana, Tani Cohen
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007GP6ZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dust Factory" on IMDb

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Hayden Panettiere (Ice Princess) and Ryan Kelley (Mean Creek) are "attractively earnest"(Variety) teenagers who find budding romance in a magical realm somewhere between Heaven and Earth. An "original and imaginative"(Dallas Observer) fantasy about conquering your fears, The Dust Factory co-stars screen veteran Armin Mueller-Stahl (Shine) as the boy's sage grandfather. After suffering accidents, Ryan (Kelley) and Melanie (Panettiere) meet in an enchanting new world called the Dust Factory, where amazing things happen. People walk on water and disappear in the mist, and Ryan's grandfather, who has Alzheimer's, is now lucid. With magic everywhere, will Ryan and Melanie ever find the courage to leave this wondrous sanctuary and return home?

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare film that champions imagination without irony March 21, 2005
By Cubist
Intelligent movies for young teenagers are hard to come by. They are either hopelessly saccharine Disney-fied movies that no kid could ever relate to or 90-minute product placements. Both types tend to leave little to the imagination. Every so often a film comes along that stands out by bucking contemporary trends and fads. The Dust Factory is such a film. It is a thoughtful meditation on loss. How do you deal with the death of a loved one?

"Making The Dust Factory" is a far too brief look at the movie with the cast and crew talking about it and their characters with clips.

There are two deleted scenes that include one in which Ryan and Melanie move a trunk and another that takes place at the ball. They are both brief and not important but could have easily been kept in.

Also included is a music video for the sappy ballad "Someone Like You," performed by Hayden Panettiere. There is footage of her recording the song with Watt White and clips from the movie.

Finally, there is a theatrical trailer.

The Dust Factory is a rare film that champions imagination without irony. The two young actors are excellent and devoid of annoying child actor tics like mugging for the camera. They deliver heartfelt, believable performances. The movie relies on good old fashioned storytelling which is something you don't see much in kids' films anymore. It eschews modern trappings, like TV, video games and the Internet in favour of collecting baseball cards and gazing at the stars. This gives the film a timeless nature that is refreshing in this day and age.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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The Dust Factory is one of those films with a long sequence where you can't tell if it's real or a dream - not until the end. Ryan Kelley (until now best known for guest appearances as Ryan on Smallville) is a troubled boy who's been mute since the trauma of witnessing his father's violent death in a train accident, several years ago. Now, after his grandmother's funeral Ryan skates across an old bridge to go fishing with a friend. But a rail collapses and Ryan falls in the river, knocked unconscious. This is when the "dream" sequence begins, where he meets a girl, Melanie (Hayden Panettiere) and speaks to his grandfather (who has had alzheimer's and hasn't talked for a while), informing the apparently revitalized old man of his wife's death. But no one else is around. Has Ryan died and gone to heaven? Purgatory? An alien experiment? Or is he dreaming in a near-death state? Can Ryan and Melanie stay together for ever in this place, or must they somehow move on to find paradise? While this dream sequence that comprises most of the movie suffers from heavy symbolism, it's entertaining and romantic, and the end is satisfying. I think this is one of the best films of it's kind in several years that's suitable for the whole family. If you like films that deal with life and death with elements of fantasy and romance, like Bridge to Terabithia, Heaven Can Wait, That's The Spirit, On Borrowed Time, Here Comes Mr. Jordan etc., you'll probably enjoy The Dust Factory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Dust thou art, and to dust thou shalt return."- April 12, 2012
THE DUST FACTORY (2004, 102 minutes) was an oddly European-looking American film I waited some years to see. The preview suggested something indecipherable and was therefore useless. Also, as I recall it was only fairly recently shown on pay-per-view cable, making me think it was a newer film. When I finally saw it, tonight in fact, and saw how young Michael Angarano is here, well, I knew something funny was happening with my mental processing. Then I noticed the date. What gives with this sort of thing, this delayed release, anyway?

In fact this whole film is 'funny' and very difficult to review. It was somewhat intriguing for me on a purely metaphysical level. Yet the thing was so flat and disappointing I can't actually understand its raison d'être as cinema. A sweet and compelling Ryan Kelley (Prayers for Bobby) plays Ryan Flynn, a teen who is mute because of witnessing the death of his father. His best friend - who seems to have no point or value whatsoever - is Michael Angarano.

After suffering a fall from a bridge into a river, Ryan is transported to "The Dust Factory", which struck me as a place where people go when they are just-about-dead but still have the power to decide if they'll die or return. In effect, the Factory may very well be where we all must go in order to gain the wisdom to know if life still needs us or not - in reality, I do not know what the heck goes on here. During his time in that place (slightly reminiscent of Beetlejuice), he is counseled by his grandfather (the usually stern and frightening Armin Mueller-Stahl).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Meaningful Sleeper of a Movie. March 22, 2005
I've seen this film twice now and each time with more interest and enjoyment.

There are many levels to this film and I plan to send it to many friends to explore and enjoy. They did a great job and the actors are wonderful as is the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, deep and really worthwhile!
There are so many levels to this film that I want to watch it once again on my rental. I intend to buy the movie, as it is something that I will watch again from time to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sissy Kirsteen
3.0 out of 5 stars ok movie
a little slow even for kids. has a good story line and the actors were fair. grandfather at times was hard to understand
Published 10 days ago by Diana Senn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star behind the curtains
I was charmed and surprised by this movie. I had no preconceived idea of what the movie was like. I was immediately drawn in and loved it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Vicky L. Perry
1.0 out of 5 stars Family friendly, but can you can stand to sit through it?
If you want to kill a couple of hours with a bizarre and confusing show, this is your ticket.
You need to use your imagination because there are big gaps and unexplained... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story - too deep for pre teens.
Deep story story line. My 11 year old had a tough time following it - especially the symbolism. Visually beautiful, good acting.
Published 13 days ago by morrisdk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie
A very high quality film about love, faith, death, bereavement, respect for elders using a childlike fantasy world as a backdrop. Read more
Published 17 days ago by irishgaels
1.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting for the point....
The cover looked really interesting, but there was no plot to it. This movie rambled on and it was difficult to perceive any real plot to it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Lauraine W Newman
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't remember it?
It didn't make a very good impression just a rehash of an old story line.
Not made for the average watcher.
Published 1 month ago by R. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars bookworm0262
It was heart warming, and anyone that watches this will feel wonderful when it is over. It brought back feelings of being with my father before he passed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary J. Swintek
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
My husband and I enjoyed this introspective movie. But it was difficult to explain the message of the movie to our 10-year-old son, at least what we thought the theme to be.
Published 1 month ago by Dorcas A. Zuniga
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