Trailer Watch: Phoebe in Wonderland promo trailer

Elle Fanning stars in the Sundance Film Festival hit, Phoebe in Wonderland, about a troubled girl whose teacher, Miss Dogdger (Patricia Clarkson), enlists her into the starring roll in their school’s production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

As Phoebe’s stress mounts, her behavior grows worse, creating intense pressure on her parents, Hillary and Peter (Felicity Huffman and Bill Pullman). Hillary, who already feels a failure in both her personal and professional life, desperately tries to understand and help her daughter. But this connection proves elusive as Phoebe begins retreating to an imaginary fantasy world peopled by characters from Alice in Wonderland, a world which grows increasingly disturbing and treacherous. As Alice observes to the Caterpillar, “It is very confusing being so many different sizes in a day,” and in the end both Hillary and Phoebe (under Miss Dodger’s tutelage) must try to navigate the strange, painful, exhilarating transformation from chrysalis to butterfly.

It might be strange to gush this much about a child actor, much less one as young as Elle Fanning was in The Door in the Floor, an otherwise unexceptional indie drama in which the Dakota Fanning’s younger sister blew me away with her un-self-conscious mannerisms. But the younger Miss Fanning looks like a remarkable talent, and Phoebe, written and directed by first-time feature director Daniel Barnz, looks like a terrific showcase for her talent.

Phoebe in Wonderland will see a limited domestic release beginning September 12.

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 12:33 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: Trailers

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  1. Written by Stephen
    on 2008-08-11 at 14:52

    i loved dakota and elle fanning’s dub on “My Neighbor Totoro.” maybe it’s just my unrefined tastes, but as someone who is not Japanese, i found their rapport much more engaging and much easier to get lost in than the Japanese version.

    this movie looks pretty good, too.

  2. Written by Lincoln
    on 2008-08-12 at 19:10

    Alice in Wonderland being my favorite book, I am a tad intrigued by this. Looks like it could be a lot of fun.

  3. Written by Nas
    on 2008-08-15 at 11:11

    This sounds really intriguing. Too bad it’s unlikely to see release here in South Africa; even on our “art house” (and god, do I use that term loosely) circuit.

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