Gifted is a charming movie that explores the world of a gifted child whose mother is dead, leaving her uncle and grandmother to fight through the courts about her future. Her uncle has raised her for 6 and a 1/2 years but the grandmother comes on the scene following contact from the school principal when the uncle refuses a scholarship to a school for the gifted and talented because he wants his neice to have a normal childhood.
It’s the sort of film which has a gap-toothed, long-lashed child who knows right from wrong, even if the adults around her don’t always live up to those ideals themselves. Add into the mix a one-eyed cat, a besotted neighbour who likes to sing karaoke with the girl while the uncle tries to pick up women in the bar and underscore the pathos with an unusual soundtrack featuring Cat Stevens amongst others and you get a flavour of what is to come.
Watch it and revel in the basically sweet story with sadness thrown in for good measure.