Flesh for Fantasy

Get your groove on at this year's St. Louis International Film Festival

If you like the sound of that, definitely secure tickets for Finding Neverland from director Marc Forster (celebrated for the very fleshly Monster's Ball), a fictionalized account of author J.M. Barrie's creation of Peter Pan. Like Her Majesty, there's a surplus of syrup here, but it's quite pardonable as we partake of wunderkind Johnny Depp's charming turn as Barrie, a dapper Edwardian child-man with a robust brogue whose efforts to sustain the imaginations of four fatherless "lost boys" (and their mother, a steely Kate Winslet) result in one of the most enduring fantasies of all time. Ultimately, this subtle and elegant film strikes a fine balance of adult concerns and magical intervention -- for all ages -- making it a superb centerpiece for a festival as rich and diverse as this one.

The man behind the Pan: Johnny Depp (center) is J.M. 
Barrie in the warm and whimsical Finding 
Neverland.
The man behind the Pan: Johnny Depp (center) is J.M. Barrie in the warm and whimsical Finding Neverland.

Details

The thirteenth annual St. Louis International Film Festival, presented by Cinema St. Louis, runs November 11-21 at the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City), the Hi-Pointe Theatre (1001 McCausland, St. Louis) and Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves). For complete schedule and pricing information, call the festival hotline at 314-367-3378. For more RFT recommendations and reviews, see our SLIFF capsules.

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