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The Dust Factory (2004)




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An adventure tale about the love and friendship between two teenagers who help each other through a difficult time in their lives. Ryan Flynn is a wondrous young boy who hasn't spoken since witnessing his father's death at the age of nine. Now thirteen, Ryan has a near fatal accident when he falls from a bridge and is magically transported to a fantasy realm known as The Dust Factory (a place that mirrors his fear of mortality). In this strange yet familiar world, Ryan meets Melanie, a precocious young beauty, who steals his heart. Together they embark on a journey where they face their fears and develop a friendship built on trust and love. Ultimately, Ryan faces the challenge of finding his way home.

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Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Grandpa Randolph
Hayden Panettiere
as Melanie Lewis
Ryan Kelley
as Ryan Flynn
Kim Myers
as Angie Flynn
Michael Angarano
as Rocky Mazzelli
Ted Roisum
as Trapeze Catcher
as Sorrow
Robert Blanche
as Ryan Flynn Sr.
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Critic Reviews for The Dust Factory

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

A tedious, precious fantasy about a boy faced with choosing between life and death -- an endless existence in limbo is actually more like it.

October 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It could use a better title, although this awful one certainly captures the film's tedium.

October 15, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A well-intentioned but unconvincing fable.

October 14, 2004

It would have made a much more powerful short than full-length movie.

October 14, 2004 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It's all very whimsical and fluffy, but the bottom line is, who cares?

June 26, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

I was rooting for the motes.

October 26, 2004 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dust Factory


Two charming kids and the boy's grandfather spend time in limbo between life and death. It is a strange fantasy world that seems free of trouble except for a creepy circus, which is named the dust factory. The youngsters amidst falling for each other are forced to confront some philosophy about life and death, pleasure and pain. Some of it is thought-provoking. Many of the special effects suggest a fantasy world I've never seen before in a movie, but it is obvious the effects had a low budget. Artistically it seemed the writer/director thought they were being clever dealing with these deep issues, but I was uncomfortable with the death themed circus and many of the grandfather's lessons were nonsensical.

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