A little girl wakes up one morning to find her head swimming with emotion. She decides to respond to the waves of anxiety, frustration, and sadness by taking a deep dive into the world of her imagination. And, of course, we’re invited to travel with her — to allow ourselves to be transported to a world of undersea tea parties and eight-armed octopus hugs. Ellen Besen's 1979 NFB short Sea Dream is based on a poem by Debora Bojman. From the soothing sounds of waves on the beach to the powerful underlying message that permeates the entire film (“You have what it takes to get through this”), there’s just so much to love about this warm and reassuring animated film. — Ann Douglas
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