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The Dust Factory (2004)




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An adventure tale about the love and friendship between two teenagers who help each other through a difficult time in their lives. Ryan Flynn is a wondrous young boy who hasn't spoken since witnessing his father's death at the age of nine. Now thirteen, Ryan has a near fatal accident when he falls from a bridge and is magically transported to a fantasy realm known as The Dust Factory (a place that mirrors his fear of mortality). In this strange yet familiar world, Ryan meets Melanie, a precocious young beauty, who steals his heart. Together they embark on a journey where they face their fears and develop a friendship built on trust and love. Ultimately, Ryan faces the challenge of finding his way home.more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements and some scary images)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Small
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2005

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Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Grandpa Randolph
Hayden Panettiere
as Melanie Lewis
Ryan Kelley
as Ryan Flynn
Kim Myers
as Angie Flynn
Michael Angarano
as Rocky Mazzelli
Ted Roisum
as Trapeze Catcher
as Sorrow
Robert Blanche
as Ryan Flynn Sr.
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Critic Reviews for The Dust Factory

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

A tedious, precious fantasy about a boy faced with choosing between life and death -- an endless existence in limbo is actually more like it.

Full Review… | October 20, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It could use a better title, although this awful one certainly captures the film's tedium.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A well-intentioned but unconvincing fable.

October 14, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It would have made a much more powerful short than full-length movie.

Full Review… | October 14, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Dust Factory


Two charming kids and the boy's grandfather spend time in limbo between life and death. It is a strange fantasy world that seems free of trouble except for a creepy circus, which is named the dust factory. The youngsters amidst falling for each other are forced to confront some philosophy about life and death, pleasure and pain. Some of it is thought-provoking. Many of the special effects suggest a fantasy world I've never seen before in a movie, but it is obvious the effects had a low budget. Artistically it seemed the writer/director thought they were being clever dealing with these deep issues, but I was uncomfortable with the death themed circus and many of the grandfather's lessons were nonsensical.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

The concept of the story made me hope for something more profound than I got here. Apparently life and death all comes down to a simple jump!

Lee Guess

This is the weirdest movie I think Ive ever seen in my life! It was so off the wall and I didnt understand anything that happened. But it wasnt bad cause it wasnt boring. It made me think alot, but at the end I still had no idea what was going on. But it was good in a weird way.

Danielle G

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