The Dust Factory is one of those films with a long sequence where you can't tell if it's real or a dream - not until the end. Ryan Kelley (until now best known for guest appearances as Ryan on Smallville) is a troubled boy who's been mute since the trauma of witnessing his father's violent death in a train accident, several years ago. Now, after his grandmother's funeral Ryan skates across an old bridge to go fishing with a friend. But a rail collapses and Ryan falls in the river, knocked unconscious. This is when the "dream" sequence begins, where he meets a girl, Melanie (Hayden Panettiere) and speaks to his grandfather (who has had alzheimer's and hasn't talked for a while), informing the apparently revitalized old man of his wife's death. But no one else is around. Has Ryan died and gone to heaven? Purgatory? An alien experiment? Or is he dreaming in a near-death state? Can Ryan and Melanie stay together for ever in this place, or must they somehow move on to find paradise? While this dream sequence that comprises most of the movie suffers from heavy symbolism, it's entertaining and romantic, and the end is satisfying. I think this is one of the best films of it's kind in several years that's suitable for the whole family. If you like films that deal with life and death with elements of fantasy and romance, like Bridge to Terabithia, Heaven Can Wait, That's The Spirit, On Borrowed Time, Here Comes Mr. Jordan etc., you'll probably enjoy The Dust Factory.