This is a charming children's film starring British actor Sean Bean. Although it is a low budget film, and Sean Bean is an international star who appears in major Hollywood big budget films, he liked the script so much, he agreed to star in this movie.
Usually Sean Bean is cast as the sexy, "baddie" villian in action films - along the lines of "The Man You Love to Hate" as an unsafe sex symbol. To avoid being typecast, he wanted to star in this modest, low budget European based movie. (It is in English and was dubbed for the European audiences) Sean Bean plays a devoted, single father who adopts a foster child. When his adopted son is still quite young, his wife dies unexpectedly, leaving him alone to raise his son.
His character is a talented artist, but struggling to balance his career with raising a child on his own. I don't want to give away the plot with "spoilers" but the premise is based on mistaken identity of his adopted grammar school age son Tom - who has an imaginary friend called Thomas. Everyone things Tom has an over active imagination.
Yet, things become topsy-turvey when Tom meets a young boy, his same age who looks exactly like him! The two lads are stunned to meet their mirror image identical twin. It is an event of sheer coincidence and unplanned. The other little boy lives in a horrible orphanage along the lines of a modern era Charles Dickins instiution.
The film is a contemporary version of "The Prince and the Pauper" crossed with "Oliver Twist" while simultaneously working overtime to be overtly "politically correct" by creating a love interest for the lonely single father by hooking him up with a sweet, pretty next door neighbor, who of course who just happens to be a high powered female international airline pilot, a black woman, and an avid motorcyle driving enthusiast. Only in the movies does everything fall into place so easily! Of course, dad is far too shy to ask this lady out on a date - so they "meet cute" with the young son fixing them up in an artfully artless first date.
This film is great for young children with a nice blend of excitement, sort of an action picture for kids without any real violence - just some slightly scary scenes which would not really frighten small children, just give them some fun excitement. All the nasty adults in the orphaage are punished, the two twin brother orphans are re-united and the happy romantic ending is neatly tied up with a nice finish. This is a sweet, adorable charming family film geared for young children. If you are an adult - and a Sean Bean fan, you would enjoy it. It isn't saccharine sweet or sappy - but please bear in mind this is a film created primarily for the kiddies.
This film was shot in Holland, but made to look like London. For a low budget European film, the production values are still quite strong with nice sets, costumes, cinematography and visuals.
If you are a Sean Bean fan, he looks especially alluring, handsome wicked sexy attractive and it is a nice change of pace to see him cast in a sympathetic, loving father role. I'm a fan of Sean Bean because he is a world class actor who always gives a bravura, spellbinding performance and even when he appears in truly flawed films, he manages to elevate the material. Also - Sean Bean deserves the audience respect because he is one of the very few Hollywood actors over the age of 40 whose face isn't pumped full of Botox. He still looks pretty darn sexy at 47 and refuses to have plastic surgery. Yes, a wee bit weatherbeaten in his looks, but still infinitely rugged, handsome and alluring. He blows all the plastic surgery enhanced actors off the screen with his authenticity and acting skills.
This is a great film for parents to watch with their grammar school kids for a nice family experience.