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TitlePaperhouse (1988)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityGeneral Muscular Dystrophy
CountryUK
Length94
GenreDrama
Rating3
DirectorBernard Rose
CastCharlotte Burke Elliott Spiers Glenne Headly Ben Cross Gemma Jones Sarah Newbold
NotesThe film centres around an 11 year old girl who becomes ill. During her illness she draws to pass the time. One of these drawings is of a house and a boy. Whenever she sleeps or faints she dreams of the house and the boy. The boy is paralysed from the waist down. Her doctor mentions he has a young boy, Mark, as a patient. Despite one review saying he has cerebral palsy the boy according to the doctor has muscular dystrophy. She overhears that Mark has had a relapse, a chest infection. She thinks her drawings and dreams are connected with his condition. She ends up in hospital needing a heart massage. Mark has gone home to die. In her dreams the boy can walk but in reality he dies. A film has very little to do with disability and seems to me a piece of fantasy with a few ideas. Not very satifactory. From Catherine Storr's children's novel MARIANNE DREAMS. Previously a British television serial, ESCAPE INTO NIGHT.

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