MirrorMask (2005) is the brainchild of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman, which in itself should be enough to make you want to watch it. It is about Helena who works with her parents at a circus. After a heated argument with her mother, her mother falls ill and Helena naturally blames herself. Soon after she wakes up in the middle of the night and discovers that she has entered a different world, the City of Light, which is being consumed by shadows. She agrees to help restore the city by finding the Mirrormask, together with Valentine the juggler.
The cast consists of, among others, Stephanie Leonidas, Gina McKee, Rob Brydon, Jason Barry and Stephen Fry. The visual art is designed by McKean, and as such is weird, magical and beautiful, and makes up for the fact that the story and dialogue is not as brilliant as it could have been.
Still, if you want a visually beautiful experience I recommend this film.
And please don’t let this terrible trailer put you off…