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Careful, He Might Hear You

Australian director Carl Schultz isn't afraid of emotion, and he uses his wide-screen frame to create a highly charged atmosphere around this story of an orphan boy who becomes a prize in a struggle between his two aunts, one wealthy and frigid (Wendy Hughes), one poor and loving (Robyn Nevin). Schultz moves elegantly between objective and subjective points of view, shifting focus between the adult drama as perceived by the child and the child's own reactions as they are filtered—with effective ambiguity—to us. Though the film suffers from an excess of overly neat climaxes in the last half hour, the performance Schultz elicits from seven-year-old Nicholas Gledhill keeps the credibility almost intact. With John Hargreaves and Peter Whitford (1983).

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