by indieWIRE (January 18, 2008)

Screening in the Dramatic Competition program at Sundance ’08, Daniel Barnz’s feature directorial debut, “Phoebe in Wonderland” is a rich investigation of the complexities of growing up. “Phoebe” details Phoebe (Elle Fanning), a young girl, her mother (Felicity Huffman), a woman who desperately seeks success in an academic career at the expense of her parenting, and a drama teacher (Patricia Clarkson), who is directing a school production of “Alice in Wonderland” in which Phoebe seeks a role. Sundance’s Geoffrey Gilmore calls “Phoebe” an “honest and thoughtful work that is not to be missed.” He explains that “as an examination of normalcy and madness, this is realistic and cerebral storytelling, but it is also extravagantly magical, a metaphorical fable that examines childhood, our attempts to understand it, and the way we, as parents and teachers, navigate its treacherous shoals.”

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