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A romance between two loners flourishes in this darkly romantic drama. The Furlong men all were blessed or cursed with unique abilities. Ten-year-old James Furlong's father was able to shut off all electricity around him when he was scared, and his grandfather went temporarily blind when he thought about sex. James' mother died while giving birth to him, and as he experiments to figure out what his ability is, he unintentionally causes the death of his father and grandmother. Then, when he's sent to a reformatory school and sparks a strange illness that wipes out all the children who bullied him, James flees to a cottage in the woods to live a life of isolation.

Years later, as a young man, James is discovered by Mae, a young cancer patient who escapes from the nearby hospital. As their special relationship blossoms, both learn to live with the curses—and blessings—they inherit. Director Agnès Merlet (Artemisia) laces this whimsical fable with magical-realist elements and a bit of colorful humor. Harry Treadaway and Rachel Hurd-Wood parlay their enchanting chemistry into captivating performances as James and Mae. (David Kwok)

A movie directed by Agnès Merlet

2011 - 88 minutes - Color - NC

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Main Cast

  • Mae-West O'Mara
  • James Furlong
  • Liam
  • Mrs. O'Mara
  • Sergeant
  • Mrs. Moore
  • James Furlong Aged 5-10
  • Liam aged 11
  • Stephen aged 13
  • Kevin Aged 13
  • Cathy Furlong
  • Philip Furlong aged 30
  • Charlotte Furlong aged 28
  • Charlotte Furlong aged 55
  • Charlie Furlong aged 32

Also Known As

  • The Last Son - La Malédiction (fr)

Release dates

  • November 23, 2011
  • September 04, 2011 (L'Étrange Festival)
  • September 15, 2011 (Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival)
  • November 23, 2011
  • July 11, 2012 (Galway Film Fleadh)
  • April 21, 2011 (Tribeca Film Festival)