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Directed by Wes Anderson

United States 2012 94 mins.

Anderson’s films are in some ways about journeys—physical, spiritual, and sometimes both. Here his vision of childhood passages of discovery is rendered in the story of Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), both introspective 12-year-olds living on the island of New Penzance—Suzy permanently, Sam temporarily for Khaki Scout summer camp. They fall in love and carry on an epistolary romance after meeting during the production of a play. The sweethearts run away together, much to the worry of their parents, counselors, and, eventually, social workers. New to both of them and carefully explored, sexual tension crops up almost immediately, while what seems to be the entire town bears down on them and a historically significant storm looms over the island.