Is Anybody There?

In his follow up to last year’s “Boy A,” John Crowley returns to the world of a young boy, fashioning a film of a very different kind. Infusing his new work with the childish naïveté of a precocious and curious lad named Edward – played by “Son of Rambow’s” Bill Milner – Crowley enters this terrain with the same ease that was evident in his earlier work. But while “Boy A” was a study of a young ex-criminal, the protagonist of “Is There Anybody There?” is younger and more guileless. Although his interests are indeed uncommon, they are those of a boy as opposed to a haunted teenager. [Synopsis courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival]