Based on Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel, Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different.
In 1927, the born-deaf Rose (Millicent Simmonds) runs away from home to pursue silent-movie star Lillian Mayhew in New York. In 1977, the newly deaf orphan Ben (Oakes Fegley) runs away from home to find his birth father in that same metropolis.
Their stories converge, in a sense, at the American Museum of Natural History, where Todd Haynes (‘I’m Not There’, ‘Carol’) weaves a tale of innocence lost that is bold if only for its lack of cynicism. There's hardly a moment here that isn't gorgeously framed, and Haynes seems to take particular pleasure in meticulously re-creating the Manhattan street scenes of two such distinctive decades.