The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

As straightforward an account of the problem of transformative experience as you will ever find, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar tells the tale of man who, in the experience of acquiring a difficult skill, finds his preferences and values so changed that his original purpose for wanting the skill no longer applies. Children’s books, unlike most short stories, often do the work of novels in presenting issues about how to live and what to value. And Wes Anderson’s pristine framing and matter of fact narration suit the unsurprisingly magical world of children surprisingly well. Henry Sugar may not be The Grand Budapest Hotel, but it is a lovely, crisp and even moving filmette of the most fundamental ethical facts of our life. (Netflix)

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