Tuesday 11 November 1997
Thank goodness Shine was made in Australia. Imagine what Hollywood would have done with it with such dangerous material. The same thought occurs with this first feature from Belgian director Alain Berliner about a seven- year-old boy who wants to be a girl. Not the most promising of premises, perhaps, but the film is so full of joy and vitality that all doubts are swept aside. The candy-coloured sets and the neighbours' synchronised suburban rituals (menace beneath the mild-manners) owe an acknowledged debt to Tim Burton's glorious Edward Scissorhands and although this charmer doesn't star the great Dianne Wiest it does have a stunning debut from George du Fresne.
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