After his mother is killed in a car crash, young Albert is sent to a new city to live with his godmother (Whoopi Goldberg), who doesn’t know the first thing about looking after a child and is reluctant to agree. While on the trip to his new guardian’s house, Albert invents an imaginary friend called Bogus (Gérard Depardieu) to help cope with the grief and stress.
While Bogus provides Albert with some entertaining diversions as well as giving voice to his conscience, Albert still doesn’t feel at home in his godmother’s place. Likewise, his godmother isn’t sure how to deal with the child or his invisible friend.
A somewhat sentimental blend of comedy and drama, the film explores themes of loss, healing, and the power of the imagination, offering a unique perspective on coping with grief through the lens of a child’s vivid imagination. It’s rated PG and is family-friendly.