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by Karli Sample (subscribe)
Avid theatre-goer, self-proclaimed foodie and crazy dog lady!
Published August 28th 2017
How do you create an ordinary life for an extraordinary girl

Gifted tells the story of child prodigy Mary (McKenna Grace) adopted by her Uncle Frank (Chris Evans) as a young child after the tragic death of her Mother. Frank and Mary live in a small town in Florida, with Frank's plan for Mary's future to have a normal school life. His plans are foiled when Mary's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Mary's school teachers and her Grandmother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan).

Evelyn wants a different life for Mary, and threatens to separate Frank and Mary to further nurture her talents - she commences a bitter custody battle. Frank's only support network is Bonnie (Mary's teacher with whom he develops a romantic relationship) and his neighbour Roberta (Octavia Spencer), who also happens to be Mary's best friend. Mary is wise beyond her years and finds it hard to connect with people her own age. In Mary's words: "She's like 40, 50... 30-something.... People my age are boring. Roberta's cool."

In an emotional rollercoaster of a film, we share the joys and heartache of the relationship between Mary, her Uncle, and Grandmother, both wanting what is best for Mary, but who will win in the end?

Gifted was an unexpectedly touching and wonderfully executed film, with themes focusing on the family values and ethics as opposed to Mary's mathematical genius as other child-prodigy-films have done in the past. Expect talented acting, beautiful cinematography a few laughs and many tears!

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Where: In cinemas Australia wide
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