Director Alfonso Cuarón beautifully adapts the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett about Sara Crewe (Liesel Matthews), sent from her home in India to a New York boarding school when her father leaves to fight in WWI. Her engaging spirit and imagination win her many friends, and one enemy: the headmistress Miss Minchin (Eleanor Bron). Miss Minchin tolerates Sara only because of her father’s wealth, so when he disappears, and his estate taken by the government, Sara is consigned to a cold attic room and expected to work to keep her place at the school.  The film shows how to best difficult situations with clever perseverance. Rated G