Monday, September 30, 2013

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

Director: Nicolas Gessner. Cast: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Scott Jacoby. 91 min. Rated PG. Canada/France. Horror/Mystery.

Thirteen-year-old girl living alone makes every effort to maintain her privacy, and keep what she's hiding in her cellar in a shroud of secrecy. Watched this the first time in elementary school, and even though the viewer is never shown what's in the cellar, I remember any scene that was somehow related to it creeped me out at the time. Revisiting it, the entire film is disturbing even by today's standards, owing mainly to Foster's performance (done the same year as Scorsese's Taxi Driver, and Parker's Bugsy Malone). Watch this little girl, and witness a powerful actress in the making.

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