Stories are wild creatures.
A boy attempts to deal with his mother's illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping to a fantastical world.
A Monster Calls is a gruelling emotional exploration of loss and grief as seen from the point of view of Conor O’Malley. Conor is a 12 year old whose life is being ripped apart as he watches his beloved mother engulfed by cancer and the prospect looming of living with the grandmother he dislikes. And if that wasn’t bad enough, just for good measure he’s being bullied at school.
The monster, a yew tree brought to life by Liam Neeson, arrives to impart guidance in the form of stories animated in stunning watercolour. Never sentimental and often unexpected this is a beautiful film if you can stand the deep and underlying sadness running throughout.