The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a 1976 CanadianFrench film directed by Nicolas Gessner and starring Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, and Scott Jacoby. It was written by Laird Koenig, based on Koenigs 1974 novel of the same title Koenig also wrote a stage play based on his book. The plot focuses on thirteenyearold Rynn Jacobs Foster, a mysterious child whose dark secrets concerning her absent poet father are prodded by various nosy villagers in a small town in Maine. The film, though predominantly a dramatic thriller, also blends elements of horror, mystery, and romance.

Cora Hallet later arrives at the house. She snoops about, attempting to find out where Rynns father is. Rynn claims her father is in New York and taunts the landlady about her son. The situation becomes more tense when Mrs. Hallet insists on getting her jelly glasses from the cellar. Rynn steadfastly refuses to let her in the cellar despite Mrs. Hallets threatening her with truancy. Finally, the frustrated Mrs. Hallet leaves.When Mrs. Hallet returns later, she and Rynn argue about the absence of Rynns father. Mrs. Hallet slaps Rynn and takes the box of glasses, which Rynn has retrieved from the cellar beforehand. Rynn however has forgotten the rubber seals for the jars. Ignoring Rynns warnings, Mrs. Hallet opens the trap door to the cellar and steps down to get the seals herself. Suddenly terrified by something she sees, Mrs. Hallet screams and knocks the cellar door support, causing the door to slam down on her head. When Rynn opens the trap door, there is no response from Mrs. Hallet. ........

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