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Daisy von Sherler Mayer directed this family film, an adaptation of the famed book series that Austrian-born writer-illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) launched in 1939 with the opening lines, "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread and brushed their teeth and went to bed. They smiled at the good and frowned at the bad and sometimes they were very sad. They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines ...

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Oct 28, 2010 the nicest sense of the word

My wife and I (both of us in our 60's) saw the last half hour or so of this movie in tv and were so taken by the acting and, of course, the story that we wanted to add it to our collection. After watching it, and being charmed all over again, we bought a copy for our grandkids (boy 10, girl 9) who sent us their OWN rave reviews, as did our daughter, their mother. Frances McDormand is perfect as the Sister, and the girls, while relentlessly cheerful, never become tiresome. Beautiful scenery rounds it out--it's a sweet, charming, pleasant 'escape for an hour or so' movie.

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