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The Dust Factory
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"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.
"The Dust Closet" joins "An Angel for May" and "Restless Spirits" as the best recent examples of this type of film. These films have a hidden depth to their story and storytelling technique that will interest even the most sophisticated viewer-provided that they retain at least some of their childhood capacity for wonder. The weak vote count probably reflects viewers unable or unwilling to deal with a film that requires some mental energy and a few functioning brain cells.
Ryan Flynn (Ryan Kelley) is a teenager who has refused to speak since being traumatized when he saw his father killed at a train crossing. Ryan's father died when Ryan was nine years old, but not before he passed on a passion for astronomy to his son. But now Ryan is having trouble connecting with astronomy, symbolized by his inability to find the man in the moon his father drew for him. Like an impressionist painting, the moonscape becomes meaningless when viewed close up through his new telescope.
Ryan's family takes care of his grandfather (Mueller-Stahl), but Ryan barely knows him because he has had Alzheimer's for a number of years. Ryan hangs out with his best friend Rocky (Michael Angarano), and they communicate fine nonverbally. Rocky does not question Ryan's silence-he just accepts it. Things dramatically change one day when Ryan falls off a bridge and into a lake while roller-blading.Read more ›
A boy with elective mutism who has a lot of mixed feelings about life and death, as well as a grandfather in advanced stages of Alzheimers, falls into a lake and seemingly drowns. He instead goes to a strange and almost surrealistically perfect world called The Dust Factory. There he meets a girl able to skate on water as well as his grandfather who in this world, is able to talk and move about without a worry to be found. At first, he decides this is a great place of perfection, and that he would love to stay forever. Later on, through many lessons learned, he rethinks that decision and decides that perhaps there is a life to go back to in the real world.
The direction and scope of this movie is enormous at times. It isn't preachy in it's messages, all of which are of great value, and it doesn't dilute it's merits by subverting to treating young people like they are lesser people than that of adults. The only gripe i have about the movie is that it seemed too short, As if there were more story to tell somewhere along the way and for whatever reason, the director chose not to include some scenes. Its a DVD sparse of features although there is a very brief look behind the scenes of the film. I would be interested in an edition that includes more scenes (If they exist) as this is one of the greatest young people's movies I have seen in quite some time. More like this, Please. 4.75 stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie was great. Love it. Delivered on time and in great shape. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by Karen Ridge
One of the great unsung family movies that never got discovered. I love this movie. Hayden Panettiere has gone on the become a serious star (Nashville).Published 7 months ago by R. L. Gibson
Innocence is the key word here - great cast, and very well told. Shows caring and concern of one another.Published 8 months ago by Janet B. Cundiff
The movie was okay but not something to brag.
I am a fan of Hayden Panettiere. I like her more when she played in other movies like "I Love You, Beth Cooper" and... Read more
I got a used dvd- it didn't come with the case ( was disappointment about that ) the movie is great story for kids getting over deaths. the movie gets 5 starsPublished 15 months ago by JG
It was a delightful, story about life,love and compassion. I will certainly watch it again. How precarious our lives are.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer mlk