Dustbin Baby

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  • TV-PG
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 7.1  (568)

Dustbin Baby is a heartfelt and emotional movie from 2008 that stars Dakota Blue Richards, Juliet Stevenson, and Saffron Coomber. The film follows the story of a young girl named April who was abandoned in a dustbin as a baby and who now at the age of 14, is struggling to come to terms with her past and the fact that she was given up for adoption.

The movie is based on the bestselling novel by Jacqueline Wilson, who is known for her poignant and moving children's stories. Dustbin Baby is no different, and the film adaptation perfectly captures the essence of the book, bringing the story to life in a beautiful and tender way.

The movie begins with April, played by Dakota Blue Richards, a talented young actress who previously starred in The Golden Compass, going on a destructive and reckless spree on her birthday. She has become increasingly difficult to control and her adoptive mother, Marion, played by Juliet Stevenson, is struggling to keep up with her wild and erratic behavior.

Eventually, April's actions force her to confront her past and she decides to track down her birth mother, played by Saffron Coomber, whom she believes will have all the answers she is looking for.

As she delves deeper into her past, April uncovers secrets and painful truths that she never could have anticipated. The movie explores themes of abandonment, identity, and belonging, as April struggles to come to terms with who she is and why she was given up for adoption.

Throughout the film, April is portrayed as a complex and troubled character, who is full of anger and resentment. However, Dakota Blue Richards delivers a nuanced and powerful performance, showing the vulnerable and sensitive side of April that lies beneath her tough exterior.

Juliet Stevenson is also fantastic as Marion, April's adoptive mother, who has her own secrets and regrets surrounding April's adoption. Her performance is understated but incredibly effective, portraying the love and care that Marion has for April, despite the difficulties they face in their relationship.

Saffron Coomber also delivers a strong performance as April's birth mother, who has her own complicated past and struggles to come to terms with her decision to give up her baby. The interactions between April and her birth mother are tense and fraught with emotion, as both characters try to navigate their relationship and understand each other better.

Overall, Dustbin Baby is a powerful and moving film that is sure to tug at the heartstrings of anyone who watches it. The performances are exceptional, the themes are universal, and the story is both poignant and thought-provoking. If you are a fan of Jacqueline Wilson's work or are looking for a touching and soul-stirring movie to watch, then Dustbin Baby is definitely worth checking out.

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    1 hr 29 min
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (568)