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In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.
Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a rundown apartment on New York's Roosevelt Island. She is currently in the midst of divorce proceedings and the apartment, though near an excellent school for her daughter, is all she can afford. From the time she arrives, there are mysterious occurrences and there is a constant drip from the ceiling in the only bedroom. There are also noises coming from the apartment directly above hers, though it would appear to be vacant. Is the apartment haunted or is there a simpler explanation? Written by
(at around 19 mins) One of the main plot points of the film is Dahlia and Kyle's divorce, however, the reasons for said divorce are only implied. Kyle finds Dahlia to be mentally unstable and Dahlia suspects Kyle of having an affair, evidenced when Dahlia claims that Kyle wants to live in Jersey City because 'she' is there, 'she' referring to his new girlfriend. See more »
(at around 1h 30 mins) Near the end of the movie, a paramedic is heard giving Dahlia's age as 30. However, in the opening scene, Dahlia is seen as a girl of at least five or six in 1974. Thirty-one years later in 2005, she'd be at least 36. See more »
Possibly marketed incorrectly, but still a fantastic film
Before I say anything more, I want to acknowledge that this is not a horror film. I'm not sure if it was even marketed that way, but it is not. It is more drama/psychological thriller. So, before commenting on how it is a bad horror film, please re-evaluate before slandering.
On the film: This is one of my favorite films of the year. The acting by all characters is superb. Connelly plays the character of Dahlia to the tooth. Ariel Gade creates a strikingly, somewhat scary picture of a young Jennifer Connelly. (For now, I will stick with the two main characters) On the story: It is a story about a family being torn apart and the emotional instability of such effects. The supernatural portion of the story adds a feature one can only understand by watching the film. Connelly remarkably recreates scenes of insecurity and the pain of memory and also the pain of sacrifice.
See this film, not only for the characterization created by all of the actors, but for excellent cinematography, emotional depth, and the score (created beautifully by one Angelo Badalamenti). Also, pick up Koji Suzuki and also see the original Japanese film.
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