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★★★☆☆ After a decade of filmmaking in his native South Korea, Park Chan-wook makes his English-language debut with Stoker (2013). An all-star cast led by Mia Wasikowska and a screenplay from Prison Break's Wentworth Miller may suggest that this was to be a triumphant relocation for Park - yet the film doesn't quite deliver the unambiguous success one might hope. India Stoker's (Wasikowska) 18th birthday celebrations are interrupted by news of her father's death in a car accident. At the funeral, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) appears, announcing that he'll be staying with India and her mother (Nicole Kidman).

There's something off about Charlie; India seems both fascinated and repulsed by her uncle, while her mother, Evelyn, seems to flirt shamelessly with her husband's handsome brother. The scene is set for an intense family drama, augmented by slight hints of some superhuman senses that India seems to have. The feverish »

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