The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane


The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

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In this horror film, Jodie Foster plays a reclusive, fiercely self-reliant teenager who lives alone in her father's house. He's away, all right...far away. Foster, determined not to lose her independence, will go to any lengths to protect her secret, a fact that a nosy neighbor learns to her regret.

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Martin Sheen
as Frank Hallet
Alexis Smith
as Mrs. Hallet
Mort Shuman
as Officer Miglioriti
Clesson Goodhue
as Bank Manager
Dorothy Davis
as Town Hall Clerk
Hubert Noël
as Bank Clerk
Jacques Famery
as Bank Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

  • Gessner's film may be for Foster completists only. But the intensity of her dead-eyed stare as the final credits scroll across her face reminds us of her preternatural ability, as a kid and beyond, to transform even the most negligible movie or scene ...

    May 10, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Director Nicholas Gessner is deft enough to keep "Little Girl" engrossing from start to finish, and he springs a few witty, creepy surprises.

    Dec 21, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The movie is packed with twists, and the performances by Jodie Foster and Scott Jacoby are excellent.

    May 14, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The novelistic strangeness of the material is compounded by the stagy reticence of Nicolas Gassner's direction

    Feb 14, 2010 | Full Review…
  • A creepy atmospheric shocker oddity that's engrossing and suspenseful.

    Dec 28, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Um curioso e atípico suspense que traz Sheen em uma performance impecavelmente repulsiva e que também se beneficia da atuação assustadora de Foster, que, com apenas 13 anos, já se mostrava uma atriz completa.

    Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

  • Dec 12, 2013
    Starts out as a Hitchcock film, then decides to become a Cameron Crowe film - before chucking in some Princess Bride at the end.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2013
    You can tell it's an adaptation from a play, but everyone performed so well, it actually looked realistic. It's a psychological thriller, it's a romance drama, it's also a horror film. Jodie Foster's performance was the finest I've seen, even at such an young age. A must watch for everyone.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2013
    'The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane' is one of the strangest films I've seen recently - not because its characters are eccentric or its subject matter is odd, but because what exactly is it? The main tone it seems to be striving for is horror, but then it mixes in elements of teenage romance, psychological thriller and straightforward drama. None of these tonal changes are jarring, but they do give the film an unevenness that is hard to get used to. The only real thing that 'The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane' has going for it are the performances from Jodie Foster, Scott Jacoby and Martin Sheen.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2013
    Rynn: How old do you have to be before people start treating you like a person? "Ask her no questions and nobody dies." The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a pretty good little movie. I don't know how to classify it. It's not really thrilling enough to be a thriller, and it definitely isn't a horror film, as the title would seem to suggest. It plays out more like a drama then anything else, and as such, it's much better than I thought it would be.  A little girl, Rynn, is the girl from the title. She's a thirteen year old girl that lives with her "father." Every time someone comes around though, he is either working or out of town. Soon a local pervert and his mother, who is the person Rynn's father leased the house from begin to make life more difficult for her. They start asking questions about where Rynn's father really is. That's as much of the plot I'll give away, as the movie is much better with just knowing these few little details. What makes this movie as good as it is, is Jodie Foster as Rynn. She was a phenomenal young actress, and I am beginning to see a lot of Jodie Foster in another great child actress, Chloe Grace-Moretz. Foster and Grace-Moretz have that same adult authenticity to their acting, and Foster is able to act like an adult to perfection. Her performance is the only thing that is really notable about the movie. Also, Martin Sheen as the pervert is something worth noting as well. The film isn't without its problems though. For one, the music is laughable and really disturbs the should be atmosphere of the film.  In the end, The Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is worth checking out. It wasn't what I expected, but I liked the premise behind it and Jodie Foster was able to pull that premise along throughout. Don't go into this expecting a horror/thriller in the everyday sense because it won't deliver much in the ways of thrills or scares. It's something a little different and something that was an enjoyable and interesting viewing. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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