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A Monster Calls also known as “Noite,” “Un monstruo viene a verme,” “Canavarin Çagrisi,” “Loi Thinh Cau Quai Vat,” “Quelques minutes après minuit,” “Septynios minutes po vidurnakcio,” “Sieben Minuten nach Mitternacht,” “Siedem minut po północy,” “Sju minuter efter midnatt,” “Syv minutter over midnat,” “Szólít a szörny,” “Un monstre em ve a veure”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images.

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Primary Audience:
Adults Teens
Fantasy Adventure Drama Adaptation
1 hr. 48 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
December 23, 2016 (limited—4 U.S. theaters)
January 6, 2017 (wide—1,523 theaters)
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Relevant Issues
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child dealing with parent’s illness and death

Issue of pain and suffering

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer

Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer

Featuring: Lewis MacDougall … Conor
Sigourney WeaverGrandma
Felicity Jones … Mum
Liam NeesonThe Monster
Geraldine ChaplinThe Head Teacher
Toby KebbellDad
Ben Moor … Mr. Clark
James Melville … Harry
Oliver Steer … Sully
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Director: J.A. Bayona (Juan Antonio Bayona)—“The Impossible” (2012), “The Orphanage” (2007)
Producer: Apaches Entertainment
La Trini
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Distributor: Focus Features
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “a boy seeks the help of a tree monster (huge tree that has been standing for thousands of years) to cope with his single mother’s (Felicity Jones) terminal illness

Based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy), this visually spectacular film follows 12-year-old Conor’s attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith. Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting monster of the title. ”

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Mild—OMG (2), “By G*d,” “d*mn,” “a**hole”) / Sex/Nudity: Minor

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.

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Movie Critics

…a nostalgic and superb coming-of-age journey that’ll have audiences grabbing all the hankies. …[3½/4]
—Brian Truitt, USA Today

…a tearjerker…one of the year’s finest…
—Nick Romano, Entertainment Weekly

…a luscious, painterly fantasy overcast with sadness… a film which keeps devising ever-more-epic collisions between an angry boy and his own sorrow…
—Tim Robey, The Telegraph [UK]

…told with great intimacy and tenderness, and photographed, by Oscar Faura, with extraordinary attention to detail. It’s impossible to say which is more moving, Conor grasping at every straw that suggests his mother will recover or clutching her out of desperate fear that she won’t. …
—Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

…This family weepie about a boy who imagines a monster to cope with the impending loss of his mother tugs at the heartstrings and aims for wonder—but still comes up a little short…
—Nigel M. Smith, The Guardian (UK)

…one of the more unnerving, impressive special-effects creations of the year. Whether it and the movie in general are too intense for younger children is something parents need to ask themselves. …Visually it will certainly stick with you, and your children. …
—Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

…an emotional and dark fairy tale…
—Edward Douglas, New York Daily News

…gothic fable… A splendidly rendered, yet oddly ill-conceived terminal-illness melodrama that feels much too dark and serious for audiences Conor's age, and an even more curious fit for grown-ups. …
—Peter Debruge, Variety

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