With no parents and no home, Camilla's weekend visits to the silent movie house with her auntie offer escape from an otherwise bleak existence. The other down-and-outers - Boxcar Betty, Fingers Freddy, Toots, and Two-Time Tommy - collect pennies so Camilla and her aunt can live the enchanted lives of the people who illuminate the mighty screen - if only for an hour or so. With nostalgia and grace, Dandi Daley Mackall weaves an eloquent tale of hope and perseverance in the face of misfortune, of the will to survive by living through one's dreams, but above all, the valor of the human spirit. Karen Jerome perfectly captures the silent movie era with startlingly poignant images that reflect the vitality and joy of mankind, even in the face of adversity.
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