Opal Dream is the heartwarming family film that Jack Mathews of the New York Daily News declares "will lift you up!" After Kellyanne Williamson's two imaginary friends go "missing," she is suddenly struck by a mysterious i... more »llness. Her big brother has never seen these magical playmates, but he knows something must be done to reach his sister. Despite all his doubts, he rallies friends and family for an inspirational journey to find the missing friends. Together, they discover what Kellyanne has always known?that you don't always need to see to believe.« less
Tammy M. (Tambo) from ALBUQUERQUE, NM Reviewed on 10/20/2012...
This is a unique film, from Australia. It's definitely a drama, but has it's lighter moments. The father's job is mining opal, which adds to the intrigue a bit, and begins to explain the title. I believe it is from the director of "The Full Monty". I recommend this film if you enjoy foreign films, drama, and are looking for a movie that is not your typical storyline.
Here are some quotes pulled from the movie:
When you dream, you're supposed to be asleep. But out here in ____ _____ (the name of the town they live in, I think), everyone's dreaming all the time. And maybe that's because this all used to be a big ocean. Millions of years ago it was filled with sea water, and sea creatures were swimming all around. But the water dried up, the sea creatures swam away, and all that was left were bits of opal buried deep underground. Now people come here from all over to pick a claim and dream of finding color. Opal shines like stars, but it's underneath. You can't see it, but you can dream about it. And the more you dream, the deeper you want to dig for it. But if you dig too deep you might never get out. You might never wake up.
When you believe in something, that's when it's real. And that's what makes a person real, too- how they dream and how they share their dreams, when they're with you, or even after they're gone. Because a dream is forever- like my mom, or dad, or my sister-we're all dreaming together. And that's what's real. That's what's real forever.
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Joyce W. (Cuddlebug) Reviewed on 12/11/2010...
The story of a young girl and her imaginary friends is a lovely concept, but the presentation is somewhat bizarre. The story gets quite "out there" with odd events such as a funeral for the friends. I personally would not purchase this film, but in all fairness, I believe it is according to individual taste.
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Janice K. (jani6567) from MONROE, MI Reviewed on 1/12/2010...
Liked this movie
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"When You Dream You Are Supposed To Be Asleep" What Is Real
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 05/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Synopis: Little nine year old Kellyanne (Sapphire Boyce) lives with her parents and older brother in rural Australia. Her Father (Vince Colosimo) is a dreamer who hopes to secure his families future by discovering a cache of opals under the harsh desert climate. As he labors away without reward Kellyanne's Mother (Jacqueline McKenzie) brings in the families only income working as a clerk in a local grocery store. Her big brother Ashmol (Christian Byers) is a well adjusted outgoing child. Kellyanne is quite different. She is a sweet but extremely introverted child who sends all her time communicating with two imaginary friends named Pobby and Dingan.
This seemingly harmless fantasy is tolerated by the family to such an extent that they even set two additional plates at the table for the invisible playmates. However when Pobby and Dingan go missing the little girl becomes mysterious ill and nobody knows what to do to restore her to health. That is nobody except her brother Ashmol who decides to organize a search for the lost duo. His biggest problem now is to figure out how do you find something that's invisible?
`Opal Dream' ('06) is a endearing story in the tradition of `E.T.' and `Indian in the Cupboard' that can be equally enjoyed by young and old alike. The plot might be a little slow and challenging for some younger children but the implications of this mythic tale from Down-Under are exquisitely subtle and absolutely fascinating. Surely this bittersweet tale of transition from childhood to adolescence will generate much thought in viewers of all ages. What is real and what is imaginary? Do any of us really know for sure?"
The movie Opal Dream
Terri | Crescent City, California United States | 05/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a sweet family film. We bought this the other day, and I sat down and watched it by myself before showing it to my children. Because it was a PG rating, I wanted to see if it was the family film it claimed to be. There were only two curse words that I could remember in it, and I let my children watch it that afternoon. It's about a father struggling to survive in Australia with a wife and two children. They are in the lower poverty level of society, and the father owns a opal mine that's gone dry. He can't find any opals, and between his hard work there, he comes home to his daughter Kellyanne, who has two imaginary friends she plays with constantly. If you look on the photo of the DVD you will see her holding their imaginary hands, but look in the dirt on the road, and you will see their shadows. Kellyanne loves these two friends of hers to the point where she takes them to school with her, goes to the market with them, and plays with them at home too. Her mother even sets plates out for them at their family meal time. Needless to say, with the frustration of the father's opal mine, and Kellyanne's imaginary friends, he decides to take them to work with him, in hopes that Kellyanne would forget about them and play like a normal kid when invited to a BBQ. As Kellyanne's two friends are "lost" at the mines, the father helps look for them in the dark on the night that he lost them. He gets arrested, as other people running their own mines think he's trying to trespass on their mines. This movie is sweet, but uses a lot of Australian slang words, that I didn't know what they meant. The word "dag" was used by Kellyanne's brother, and I looked it up on a website, which said it meant "Bits of manure that stick on a sheep's bottom, also used when referring to one as a 'loser'." They used also another word, "ratter" which wasn't on the website of Australian slang words, so I believe it either means "thief", or "trespasser", as they called the father this when he entered an opal mine without permission of the owner. They called him a ratter throughout the whole movie. Anyway, I won't explain the ending so I won't spoil the outcome of the movie. My kids loved this movie and asked again to watch it last night. It's a nice movie about a family sticking together no matter what other people think about them. Good entertainment for the whole family."
An Exceptional Film!
Ofer Bick | Los Angeles, Ca USA | 05/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The LA Times Reviews of this movie described it as "an exceptional family film!" It's more than that ... its an exceptional film, period.
The authors of this movie took something from nothing, an idea about imaginary friends, and wove it into a rich tale that tugs on your emotions and evokes a parabole about coming of age and of moving on from mental illness.
Not what I was expecting
Butler Fan | USA | 06/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was not what I was expecting it to be. I was expecting a much lighter movie with a lot of sequences where you see the little girl's make believe world. The closest you get to seeing her imaginary friends is a picture she draws of them. That being said, it was still a pretty good movie. I would say the movie focuses more on her older brother than anything else and the processes of him (and eventually, the town) to see this girl's imaginary world. By the end I was wishing I had a brother like hers. This is a pretty safe movie for family viewing (although some spots I would consider too dark for small children to watch)."