Film of the week: The Odd Life of Timothy Green (U, 105 mins) Drama.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green with Jennifer Garner as Cindy and CJ Adams as Timothy.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green with Jennifer Garner as Cindy and CJ Adams as Timothy.

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green is a heartfelt and occasionally cloying fable that asks you to buy into its fantastical premise without any intention of tethering the themes of parenthood and selflessness to reality.

Jim Green (Joel Edgerton) and his wife Cindy (Jennifer Garner) live in the North Carolina town of Stanleyville, which is proudly known as the pencil capital of the world.

Jim and Cindy are desperate to have a child, but can’t conceive.

So one night, they decide to write down the characteristics of their perfect child and then bury the box containing the notes in their garden.

A freak thunder storm leads to the blossoming of a boy called Timothy (CJ Adams), who has plant leaves growing out of his legs.

They happily introduce the boy to their dysfunctional family, which includes Jim’s domineering father Big Jim (David Morse) and Cindy’s sister Brenda (Rosemarie DeWitt).

The boy is especially drawn to a girl called Joni (Odeya Rush), who possesses an infectious lust for life.

Their tender friendship plays out as Jim and Cindy learn more about Timothy and the reason he has taken root in their humdrum lives.

Anchored by Adams’s emotionally genuine performance, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green is a rarity - a film that should appeal to all age groups.

Characters are colourfully embodied by the strong supporting cast, including Edgerton and Garner as parents who think their dreams have been answered with a miracle.