Based on Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.
Born deaf, Rose lives with a father who hides her away. She escapes to New York City hoping to make a connection with a famous actress, Lillian Mayhew. The viewer experiences the sights of the great urban landscape at the height of the jazz age through Rose’s eyes, with the silence of her life powerfully rendered.
For lifelong Minnesotan Ben, his deafness is recent, the result of a freak accident that occurred shortly after the loss of his mother, free-spirited Elaine. Ben is also traveling to New York City looking for clues about his long-lost father. There he experiences many of the same challenges and obstacles that Rose faces, just with a different set of memories, intentions, and abilities.
From visionary fillmaker TODD HAYNES (Far From Heaven, Carol) with OAKES FEGLEY, JULIANNE MOORE, MICHELLE WILLIAMS and introducing MILLICENT SIMMONDS.
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