The greatest gift we have as children is imagination. There is nothing that is impossible as a child if we just believe. Then we grow up and that imagination is replaced by the cold and hard facts of reality.
In 1996 movie Bogus, Albert Franklin (Haley Joel Osment) has just lost his mother. The person designated to be Albert’s guardian is Harriet Franklin (Whoopi Goldberg), his mother’s best friend. Harriet reluctantly takes Albert in.
But Albert is not alone. Along for the ride is Bogus (Gerard Depardieu). Bogus, a flamboyant French magician is Albert’s imaginary friend. While Harriet is caring for Albert materially and physically, she is unable to provide the emotional support that the boy lost with his mother.
Can Harriet become Albert’s mother in every sense (and get over the scars of her childhood in the process) and will Albert ever stop grieving for his mother?
I happen to think that this movie is enjoyable. The narrative and the journey of both Albert and Harriet has an undercurrent of grief and loss. But with that grief and loss is Bogus, who represents hope, love, childhood innocence and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.
I recommend it.