Richard Gere stars in this gripping tale about a father obsessed with training his talented daughter for the National Spelling Bee competition. Eliza Naumann (Flora Cross) demonstrates an amazing gift that her father Saul (Gere) insists on coaching her himself. But as Elizas success continues, Sauls newfound devotion growscausing huge changes for the entire family.
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11 year old Eliza Naumann comes from an odd family they all divert their emotional frustrations into secret channels. When Eliza unexpectedly begins winning spelling bees what had been a stable dynamic within the family becomes disrupted long held secrets emerge and a latent spiritual yearning is awakened in her withdrawn father Saul and compulsive mother Miriam. As Eliza moves closer and closer to the national spelling bee the Naumann family finds itself in a spiral of surprising discovery and jarring uncertainty.
this was a bit of a crazy film, it kind of left me wondering what it was all about, and i didnt really know what to think of it. it was about a girl who kept winning spelling bees, and the effect it had on here odd family, including the dad played by richard gere. an interesting film, i dont know if i would want to watch it again because it was a bit depressing.
It is hard to decide what I think about this film. I expected it to be a heartwarming story about a father supporting his daughter competing in spelling bees, but it was strange and melancholoy and the end came without the usual explanations and resolutions. At first I was disappointed, but it is the kind of film that makes more sense a few days later. I could have done without the "magical" or "spiritual" component, though.
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