On the Sly (U) 77 mins ***
An oddly charming curio, this: an English dub of a live-action French film observed entirely from its overlooked heroine’s perspective. At the end of a weekend family retreat, knee-high Cathy (Wynona Ringer, the director’s daughter) stages a rebellion of sorts, running off to the woods when her parents leave for home. What follows is rather like a Gallic Home Alone, sidelining any parental panic in favour of tiny, telling asides on how the young register time and basic tasks differently. The editorial pleas to pay proper attention to the seeds one plants are heavily underlined, but Ringer has an endearing presence: her uncertain scrabbling yields something both more truthful and spontaneous than Moonrise Kingdom, this season’s pre-eminent runaway success, on the subject of how we all once approached the world.
On the Sly is on selected release.