The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a 1976 Canadian-French film directed by Nicolas Gessner and starring Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen. It was written by Laird Koenig, based on Koenig’s 1974 novel of the same title; Koenig also wrote a stage play based on his book. The plot focuses on thirteen-year-old Rynn Jacobs (Foster), a mysterious child whose dark secrets concerning her absent poet father are prodded by various nosy villagers in a New England.
During a Halloween evening in a New England seaside town, Rynn Jacobs (Jodie Foster) is celebrating her thirteenth birthday alone in her father’s house. Her father is a poet, and they have recently moved from England. Frank Hallet (Martin Sheen), the landlady’s adult son, drops by. Hallet is a pedophile with an unwholesome interest in Rynn. He leaves quickly when his stepchildren come to the door trick-or-treating, but the next day he is waiting in his car to offer Rynn a ride. She studiously ignores him.