My rating: ****
This film is the result of a collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman, artist Dave McKean and the Jim Henson Company. It is about a British teenager whose parents run a circus. Her mother falls ill in Brighton and she enters into a parallel dream-like world which is made up of strange, unique and beautiful artwork, strange creatures and people wearing Venetian style masks and fabulous costumes. The sound track is also very evocative with Euro circus music and a Scandinavian singer over the final titles. The film has a very friendly and positive tone in spite of its strangeness, with conflicts being sorted out in a positive way. It is unique and beautiful to look at – an artwork on film.