Majestic performances by its adult stars and a surprisingly complex one from a young actress best known for TV's too-cute-by-half Gilmore Girls
lift this adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's classic children's novel past its plot holes and into a state of lightheaded grace. The story revolves around headstrong 14-year-old Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel), stifled under the corsets of her parents' expectations during the summer of 1914. Bolting from home after receiving an ultimatum, she stumbles upon 17-year-old Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson) deep in her family's woods. At least he looks 17; he later reveals that he's actually 104. His settler family drank from a sprin...