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My Guardian Angel (2016) - What is your opinion of it?

Discussion in 'Movies, Music & Television' started by AGXStarseed, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. AGXStarseed

    AGXStarseed Well-Known Member

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    My Guardian Angel is a British Thriller released in 2016, whose protagonist is a 11 year old girl called Hannah and who is both Autistic and non-verbal.

    Here is the movie's plot:

    When Hannah’s parents took her to a new school, they said it was to give her a new start. However, Hannah is 11, autistic, and due to her condition, unable to speak. She had a twin called Angel, but when Angel died, Hannah was forbidden to grieve by her abusive parents and punished when she sought comfort from her sister’s things.

    Now Hannah lives locked inside a silent life of despair, which she fears will soon end at the hands of her parents. However, when a knife keeps appearing under her pillow, a voice that she thinks is inside her head won’t leave her alone, Hannah begins to realise that just maybe, she may have an ally not of this world, but fear paralyses her. Could it be Angel, who from the ‘other side’ has come back to seek justice for all the abuse she has suffered? Can Hannah overcome her fear enough to let her in?




    For me personally, I've not seen this and I doubt I will; seeing this kind of thing even in just the clips from the trailer was enough to get my blood boiling.
    At the same time, it's a somewhat interesting road to take - especially since the Disability's Day of Mourning Website has numerous entries on Autistic people young and old who were abused and murdered by their own families and we all know that child abuse is sadly something that happens a lot.

    I'm wondering if any of you guys have ever seen it and what you thought of it.
     
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    Judge Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Works for me. I won't even bother with this one. ;)
     
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  3. dragoncat16

    dragoncat16 Active Member

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    It's not a bad movie, IMO. The nonverbal autism is just used as a plot device that's there to make sure the protagonist can't tell anyone about the abuse, though it could be quite distressing for some to watch because of that. Her twin sister was not autistic and was abused even worse than Hannah by their parents (who are simply horrible people and not abusing Hannah just because she is autistic), leading to her death.

    Since it is a thriller, there is an element of the supernatural in play which allows Hannah to improve her situation by the end of the movie and that is quite satisfying. The characters are a bit stereotypical, and the writing is somewhat simplistic, but overall it's not a terrible movie. It's not really about autism per se (it's more about the abuse and the supernatural element used to overcome it), but it certainly doesn't make fun of the condition.
     
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    Chance "all who wander are not lost" - Tolkien V.I.P Member

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    No abuse movies for me... From the trailer it doesn't look like something that is going to bring any logic towards anyone with ASD, but I could be very wrong (trailers often throw people off on purpose). Looked creepy more than anything... : )
     
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  5. dragoncat16

    dragoncat16 Active Member

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    It's supposed to be creepy. It is a thriller, after all. :)