The captivating scenery is just the beginning of what will draw you into the world of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. As the story unfolds, we meet the talented Alyla Browne, who brings the young Alice Hart to life. In the opening scenes, you are enticed by what you don't understand, and there is a constant palpable sense of sorrow and danger surrounding Alice.
By the end of the first episode and as the second began, director Glendyn Ivin shows his storytelling abilities, when we see Alice given her late mother's clothes, which should have been heartwarming but instead felt almost staged as if she was meant to return to Thornfield. I couldn't help but feel uneasy as if it was a foreshadowing moment.
As I watched the second episode, the unsettling feelings turned into sensations of creepiness as the connections between Alice and the adults surrounding her felt eerie and secretive. Is Candy, played by Frankie Adams, a friend, or is there some serious jealousy and resentment growing behind that innocent look?
Amidst a rusted-out greenhouse with secrets and a strange carving, weathered bricks, a charming old house, and beautiful flowers growing everywhere, Thornfield becomes a tapestry weaving together fantastical elements from a storybook fantasy and the visually rich essence of farm life.
"For god's sake girl, put on your lips. I can't tell who's talking without them," Boo, one of the older residents, says to Stella another of Thornfield's residents because she is not wearing lipstick. It's the conversations filled with passive-aggressive remarks and aggressive eye contact that makes me wonder if the walls of Thornfield are there to shield against physical threats or does it now serve as a curtain that conceals a dark secret or a different form of abuse.
Sigourney Weaver was able to display a vulnerable and empathetic June Hart, while at the same time giving off some serious Olivia Foxworth vibes with her commanding presence. During that period when Alice is unable to speak, Alyla Browne's expressive performance perfectly conveyed my thoughts through her facial expressions and body language.
Asher Keddie captivated and frustrated me as Sally Morgan. I wanted to be in both places, at Thornfield, yes, but I also wanted to see what was happening with Sally and Alexander England's character John Morgan.
As we follow Alice on her quest for answers, we see beautiful messages within the flowers, set against the picturesque backdrop, that at times are ghostly and magical, evoking a sense of classic adventure similar to "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Little Mermaid." But, the underlying tragedies and abuse make it an all too real tragic drama blended with imagery that takes on the qualities of a dark fairytale. Based on these first three episodes it looks as if "happily ever after" will take on a very different meaning.
The entire ensemble did an amazing job at making their character exciting and mysterious. I'm looking forward to returning to Thornfield, learning more about each character's past, and seeing how they all grow throughout the series. I mean honestly, what's in the evidence box?
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