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Classic children's novels have long been film fodder, and this 1872 French book has been filmed several times over the years. Now Kevin Brodie gives us the story of an artistic boy and his loyal dog. If anything, this new version is too spiffy, with most locales suggesting Disneyesque fantasy rather than hardscrabble 19th-century Belgium. But, no matter: A series of earnest performances provide texture to this tale of perseverance.
Adults may find themselves shifting in their seats, but children will be held rapt by this tale of a boy who beats the odds by believing in himself.