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Dark Water -- A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.
Dark Water -- A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

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Writers (WGA):
Kôji Suzuki (novel)
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Release Date:
8 July 2005 (USA) See more »
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This Season, The Mystery Of The Darkness Will Consume Your Life See more »
Plot:
A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Good character-driven human drama; I blame the teenagers for the low rating. See more (407 total) »

Cast

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Jennifer Connelly ... Dahlia

John C. Reilly ... Mr. Murray

Tim Roth ... Jeff Platzer

Dougray Scott ... Kyle

Pete Postlethwaite ... Veeck

Camryn Manheim ... Teacher

Ariel Gade ... Ceci

Perla Haney-Jardine ... Natasha / Young Dahlia

Debra Monk ... Young Dahlia's Teacher

Linda Emond ... Mediator

Bill Buell ... Mediator
J.R. Horne ... Man in Train
Elina Löwensohn ... Dahlia's Mother

Warren Belle ... UPS Man
Alison Sealy-Smith ... Supervisor

Simon Reynolds ... Man in Elevator

Kate Hewlett ... Teacher's Aide

Jennifer Baxter ... Mary

Diego Fuentes ... Night Doorman
Zoe Heath ... Natasha's Mother

Craig muMs Grant ... Platzer's Backseat Client (as muMs)

Matthew Lemche ... Steve (as Matt Lemche)
Edward Kennington ... Billy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jane Aronds ... School Girl (uncredited)

Ismael Peter Casillas III ... School Student (uncredited)

Marshall Factora ... Mr. Bernstein (uncredited)
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Directed by
Walter Salles 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Kôji Suzuki (novel "Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara")

Hideo Nakata (film Honogurai mizu no soko kara) and
Takashige Ichise (film Honogurai mizu no soko kara) (as Taka Ichise)

Rafael Yglesias (screenplay)

Produced by
Doug Davison .... producer
Kerry Foster .... associate producer
Ashley Kramer .... executive producer
Roy Lee .... producer
Bill Mechanic .... producer
Todd Y. Murata .... production executive
Diana Pokorny .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
 
Cinematography by
Affonso Beato 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Rezende 
 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Tina Gerussi 
Kelli Lerner 
Carole Tarlington 
 
Production Design by
Thérèse DePrez 
 
Art Direction by
Nicholas Lundy 
Andrew M. Stearn 
 
Set Decoration by
Nick Evans 
Clive Thomasson 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Wilkinson 
 
Makeup Department
David R. Beecroft .... key hair stylist
Sylvain Cournoyer .... key makeup artist
Tina Earnshaw .... makeup artist: Ms. Connelly
Wayne Herndon .... hair stylist: Ms. Connelly
Lori Hicks .... key makeup artist: New York
Laurel Kelly .... hair stylist: Ms. Connelly, additional photography
Elisa Marsh .... key makeup artist: additional photography
Loretta Nero .... key hair stylist: additional photography
Lydia Pensa .... assistant hair stylist
John Quaglia .... key hair stylist: New York (as John D. Quaglia)
Gordon J. Smith .... special makeup effects artist (as Gord Smith)
Julia Valente .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Amy Herman .... unit production manager
Andrea Isaacs .... production supervisor: additional photography
Lyn Lucibello .... unit production manager
Graham Stumpf .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Boem .... first assistant director: insert unit
Jack Boem .... third assistant director
Bruno Bryniarski .... second assistant director
J.L. Crosbie .... trainee assistant director: insert unit
Gianna DeGiulio .... dga trainee
David Hallinan .... first assistant director: additional photography (as Dave Hallinan)
Devin Hillier .... third assistant director
Dylan Hopkins .... first assistant director: second unit
Dylan Hopkins .... second second assistant director: New York
Agnieszka Kroskowska .... assistant director: cast (as Agnieszka Poninska)
Agnieszka Kroskowska .... trainee assistant director (as Agnieszka Poninska)
Amy Lynn .... second assistant director: New York
Stephanie P. O'Brien .... second assistant director: additional photography (as Stephanie O'Brien)
Neesha Patki .... trainee assistant director
John Sauvé .... third assistant director
Bradley Tagieff .... trainee assistant director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director (as David Webb)
Adam T. Weisinger .... second second assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Darleen Abbott .... construction accountant
David Best .... graphic designer
Rudy Braun .... set designer
Cameron S. Brooke .... key scenic artist
Robert C. Brooke .... lead scenic artist
Gary Cergol .... art department coordinator
Peter DeCurtis .... set dresser
David DiCorpo .... assistant head carpenter
Britt Doughty .... trainee assistant art director
Marc Fisichella .... production designer: additional scenes
Beth Gilinsky .... art coordinator
Paul Greenberg .... graphic designer
J. Ryan Halpenny .... assistant art director
Chris Hanson .... scenic laborer
Jennifer Jacobsen .... set decoration buyer
Max MacDonald .... assistant art director
John Mackenzie .... construction coordinator
Rob McCallum .... storyboard artist
Anthony Munafo Jr. .... on-set dresser
Julio Palma .... set dresser
Joseph Proscia .... leadman
Victor 'Chikko' Quon .... assistant head painter
Vic Rigler .... property master
Dave Rosa .... head painter
Rodney Rosene .... set dresser: re-shoot
Jennifer Santucci .... art department assistant
Michael Shocrylas .... set designer
Jeff Smith .... art department apprentice
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Grant Van Der Slagt .... set designer
Danielle Webb .... set dressing fabricator
Jessica Panuccio .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Willy Allen .... dialogue editor
David Bach .... adr supervisor
Michael Barosky .... sound mixer
Javier Bennassar .... foley editor (as Javier Bennasar)
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound effects editor
Tim Boggs .... adr supervisor
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor (as Jed Dodge)
Rickley W. Dumm .... first assistant sound editor
Brian Dunlop .... adr recordist
Russell Farmarco .... dialogue editor (as Russ Farmarco)
Frank Gaeta .... sound designer
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Glen Gauthier .... production sound mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor (as Lew Goldstein)
Paul Hackner .... assistant sound editor
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Shawn Holden .... sound mixer: additional photography
Xavier Horan .... assistant sound editor
Robert Jackson .... dialogue editor (as Bob Jackson)
Patricio A. Libenson .... additional audio recordist (as Patricio Libenson)
Patrick Martens .... boom operator: additional photography
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Henrique Rezende .... special sound effects
Scott Sanders .... additional sound designer
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Cameron Steenhagen .... adr editor
Cameron Steenhagen .... dialogue editor
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor (as Roland Thai)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Chris Trent .... foley mixer
Dennis Twitty .... sound assistant
Derek Vanderhorst .... sound effects editor
Drew Webster .... digital sound mix technician
James Wright .... consultant: Dolby film sound (as Jim Wright)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Dan Wilken .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects coordinator: New York
Michael Bird .... special effects technician: New York
Paul Brown .... special effects technician
Peter Chesney .... additional mechanical effects supervisor
Peter Chesney .... special effects supervisor
Jon Davis .... special effects technician
Aaron Dinsmore .... special effects technician
Bruce Allan Donnellan .... special effects foreman (as Bruce Donnellan)
Richard Bryan Douglas .... special effects technician: New York
Inese Dzenis .... special effects technician
Daniel Gibson .... first assistant key special effects
Shaun Glendenning .... special effects technician: additional photography
Timothy R. Hoffman .... special effects assistant
Tony Kenny .... water effects supervisor
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator: New York (as Steve Kirshoff)
Gary Kleinsteuber .... special effects technician
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects coordinator
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects director
Judy Kuntz .... special effects technician
Rocco Larizza .... special effects technician
Salvator Larizza .... special effects technician
Mark Lawton .... special effects foreman
Tim Lidstone .... special effects technician
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects technician
Ian Locke .... special effects shop foreman
Al Marangoni .... special effects technician: additional photography (as Albert Marangoni)
Phil Notaro .... special effects coordinator: additional photography
David Reaume .... special effects technician
Jim Reischl .... special effects technician
Mark Rice .... key special effects
Ted Ross .... special effects technician
Troy Rundle .... special effects technician
Nick Schiavo .... special effects assistant
Robert J. Scupp .... special effects foreman: New York
Michael Sherwin .... special effects technician (as Mike Sherwin)
Mark Simon .... special effects technician: New York
Dean Stewart .... special effects office administrator
Sophie Vertigan .... special effects props builder
Sophie Vertigan .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Mesrop Abrahamian .... rotoscope artist: Flash Film Works
Nancy Bernstein .... visual effects executive producer: Digital Domain
Corinne Bogdanowicz .... digital artist
Steven J. Brooks .... rotoscope artist: Flash Film Works
Craig Cannon .... scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain
Michael Casillas .... visual effects intern: Flash Film Works
Martin Clark .... technical supervisor
John Coats .... 3D animator: Flash Film Works
John Coats .... matte painting supervisor: Flash Film Works
Dan Cobbett .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Chad E. Collier .... scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain
Brian Corpus .... technical operations manager: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Sean Devereaux .... visual effects compositor: Digital Domain
Bonnie Dombrowski .... rotoscope artist: Flash Film Works
Jason Doss .... 3D integration artist: Digital Do
Tim Everitt .... animation supervisor: Flash Film Works
Daniel Favini .... digital matte painting: Digital Domain
Mark O. Forker .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Domain
Jamieson Fry .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Jon Greenhalgh .... digital artist
Christine Haddad .... rotoscope artist: Flash Film Works
Heather Elisa Hill .... visual effects coordinator: Digital Domain
Shauna M. Hirdler .... visual effects coordinator: Flash Film Works (as Shauna Hirdler)
Christopher Holsey .... scanning and recording supervisor: Digital Domain
Jamison Huber .... visual effects production assistant: Digital Domain
Todd Isroelit .... visual effects producer: Digital Domain
Dag Ivarsoy .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Dave Jacobs .... rotoscope artist: Flash Film Works (as David Jacobs)
Evan Jacobs .... digital department manager: Digital Domain
Lincoln Kupchak .... visual effects editor: Flash Film Works
Kevin Lingenfelser .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Craig Mathieson .... digital compositor
Robert McInnis .... 2d manager: Digital Domain
John P. Mesa .... visual effects supervisor: Flash Film Works
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor: Flash Film Works
Stephen Mitchell .... digital paint and rotoscope artist: Digital Domain
Colleen Murphy .... digital effects coordinator: Digital Domain
Dan Novy .... visual effects technical supervisor: Flash Film Works
Mario Peixoto .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Brian Peyatt .... digital production manager: Digital Domain
Darren Poe .... compositing supervisor: Digital Domain (as Darren M. Poe)
Anthony Ruey .... technical assistant
Todd Sarsfield .... digital color grader: Digital Domain
Som Shankar .... 3D integration artist: Digital Domain
Cybele Sierra .... digital compositor: Digital Domain (as Cybelle Sierra)
Tess Spaulding .... system administrator
Ken Stranahan .... compositing supervisor: Flash Film Works
Ken Stranahan .... digital compositor
James D. Tittle .... visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Andrew Waisler .... computer graphics supervisor: Digital Domain (as Andy McGrath Waisler)
Jeffrey White .... visual effects producer: Flash Film Works
Deborah Wiltman .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Scott Ross .... general manager: Digital Domain (uncredited)
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator: New York
Lauren A. Bonfiglio .... stunts
Bob Brown .... stunt coordinator: additional photography
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Mavis Corrigan .... stunts
Tom Farr .... stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunts (as Jeff Gibson)
Chloe Jones .... stunts
Ciara Jones .... stunts
Dana Jones .... stunts
Jamie Jones .... stunt coordinator: Toronto
Kelly Jones .... stunts
Morgan Rue .... stunts
Jay Spadaro .... stunts
Robert C. Shannon .... water safety (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... best boy electric: New York
Donald M. Angst .... rig electrician
Tony Arnaud .... grip
Pierre Berube .... best boy rigging electric
Matt Blades .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Russel Bowie .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Jim Bridges .... still photographer
Craig Bulmer .... electrician
Kenny Burke .... key rigging grip: New York
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip: New York
Brian Carmichael .... video assist operator
David M. Carr .... grip
Angelo Colavecchia .... camera operator
John Colavecchia .... assistant camera
Kathleen Corgan .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, New York
Tim Davis .... video assist operator
Alex Dawes .... rigging electric
Gary Deneault .... co-gaffer
Cylvan Desrouleaux .... assistant camera
Chris Drechsler .... electrician
William Engel .... grip
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Kevin Flynn .... best boy grip: New York
Timothy Flynn .... grip
Shaun Gilbert .... rigging electric best boy: New York
Michael L. Hall .... second unit: best boy
Douglas C. Hart .... additional first assistant camera
Sandy Hays .... camera operator: "b" camera, New York
Timothy Healy .... generator operator: New York
Elizabeth Hedges .... camera loader
Chris Howard .... gaffer: second unit
Jenny Kane .... electrician
Chris Kilduff .... grip
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip
Jennifer Lai .... camera loader
Kurt Lennig .... rigging electric: New York
Clay Liversidge .... rigging gaffer: New York
William MacGhee .... rigging electrician
Brendon Malone .... grip
Ed Nessen .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Balint Pinczehelyi .... grip
Robert T. Prate .... best boy rigging grip: New York
Tom Prate .... key grip
Rafy .... still photographer
Carson Reaves .... second assistant camera
Felipe Reinheimer .... assistant camera
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Brent Robinson .... underwater first assistant camera
Ryan Rodriguez .... electrician: New York
Monty Rowan .... director of photography: second unit
David Schmalz .... video assist operator
Dean Stinchcombe .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Mark van Rossen .... electrician: New York
Paul Varrieur .... camera operator: "a" camera, New York
João Villela .... camera trainee
Richard Yacuk .... rigging grip
Paul Goroff .... super technocrane operator (uncredited)
Blain Thrush .... second assistant camera: underwater unit (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Mary C. Snyder .... animator
 
Casting Department
Chad Darnell .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Jonathan Leeder .... casting associate
Kelli Lerner .... casting: New York
Geoffrey Miclat .... casting intern
Kimberly Mullen .... casting: Florida
Mark Mullen .... casting: Florida
David Rapaport .... casting associate
Jennifer Sabel .... extras casting associate
Kristian Sorge .... extras casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jay Du Boisson .... assistant costume designer
Gayle Franklin .... costume buyer
Loreen Lightfoot .... costume cutter
Debbie Lucas .... seamstress
Trelawnie Mead .... costume dyer/breakdown
Kate Quinlan .... wardrobe supervisor
Nicci Schinman .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
David Bernstein .... colorist: high definition mastering
Claudine Franco .... post-production coordinator
Suzy Gilbert .... assistant editor
Ahmad Ismail .... telecine operator
Jamie Kirkpatrick .... assistant editor: New York
Maria Montoreano .... associate editor
John Potter .... high definition preview timer
Pablo Prietto .... assistant editor
Ian Silverstein .... assistant editor
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
Dawn M. Stoliar .... first assistant editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bryan Clements .... scoring crew
George Doering .... musician
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Greg Loskorn .... scoring technician
Frank Macchia .... music preparation
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist
Phil Marshall .... composer: additional music
Phil Marshall .... orchestrator
Barbara McDermott .... assistant music editor
Daniel McIntosh .... music playback
Adam Michalak .... score recordist
Bill Pearson .... music recordist
Bill Pearson .... score synth programmer
Joe E. Rand .... music editor
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Booker White .... music preparation
Tom Raney .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Rickey Giallonardo .... transportation co-captain
Alan Kaminsky .... driver generator operator
Robert Tenaglia .... transportation co-coordinator
 
Other crew
Daniela Barbosa .... production assistant
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Ciara Bresnihan .... production assistant
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Maria Carlota Fernandes Bruno .... assistant: Mr. Salles (as Maria Carlota Bruno)
Brian Bruskrud .... post accounting
Jenn Bubka .... production assistant
Michael Buster .... dialect coach: Dougray Scott
Brooke Cale .... stand-in
Adam Carroll .... production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Sonja Christoph .... production assistant: re-shoots
Brianne Colombe .... stand-in
Daniel B. Cone .... production assistant
Lee Ann Cotton .... assistant production coordinator
Cathy Coulson-Alfonso .... production assistant (as Cathy Coulson)
Alison Davis .... production secretary: New York
Kevin Drysdale .... production assistant
Rebecca Edelson .... script clearance administrator
Deborah Evans .... production accountant: re-shoots
Tony Ferrara .... underwater safety diver: underwater unit
Claudine Franco .... production assistant
Lauren Gale .... craft service
John Gaskin .... production auditor
Lila Ghadban .... photo double
Lila Ghadban .... stand-in
Eileen Gibson .... assistant: Mr. Salles
Greg Gilman .... production assistant
Melissa Girotti .... travel coordinator
Audra Gorman .... location coordinator
Derick Graham .... underwater safety diver: underwater unit
Sabine Graham .... production coordinator (as Sabine Bernhard)
Nadia Guglieri .... second script supervisor
Andrew Jablonski .... assistant accountant: reshoots
Adam Jordan .... production assistant
Ryan Kampe .... production assistant: New York
Brian Kaulback .... stand-in
Sarah Landi .... photo double
Brad Ling .... on-set caterer
Mark Logan .... location manager
Peter Madamba .... script researcher
Andrew Magarian .... acting coach
Sasha Markova .... assistant: Ms. Connelly
Susan Marucci .... script supervisor
Heather Mathieson .... stand-in
Richard McDonough .... set production assistant: additional photography
Ann McLaren .... laboratory technician
Jennifer McLaughlin .... assistant: Mr. Salles
Jason Messeri .... set production assistant
Louise Muskala .... assistant: Ms. Pokorny
Kip Myers .... location assistant
Greg Newman .... production assistant: re-shoots
Neil Parris .... assistant: Ms. Kramer
Karen Pidgurski .... unit publicist
Lauri Pitkus .... location manager
Lynn H. Powers .... assistant location manager
Judy Pursley .... first assistant accountant
Robin M. Reelis .... pre-production coordinator
Ulises Rodriguez .... office production assistant
Jonathan Roumie .... location scout
Maurice Sessoms .... additional production assistant
Todd Shannon Jr. .... underwater safety coordinator: underwater unit (as Todd Shannon)
Susan Silas .... location scout
B.J. Smith .... set medic: additional photography
Kyle Sucher .... production assistant
Brian Thomas .... underwater safety diver: underwater unit
John Thomas .... production secretary
David Velasco .... location scout
Reid Warman .... assistant production coordinator
Angie Winstl .... assistant production coordinator
Greg Wood .... on-set nurse
Christine Zavala .... production coordinator: re-shoots
Mark Zecca .... production secretary
Warner Strauss .... location scout (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, frightening sequences, disturbing images and brief language
Runtime:
105 min | 103 min (unrated version)
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:12 (theatrical rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:15A | Italy:T | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 | USA:Unrated (unrated DVD version)

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Trivia:
The heartbeat heard during Dahlia's migraines are from an ultrasound scan of Daniel Rezende's wife who got pregnant at the beginning of the shooting.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the custody office when Dahlia is arguing with Kyle over hers and Ceci's relocation, Dahlia takes out a newspaper cutting detailing how good the school near her new apartment is; she holds it up with her right hand. In the following shot the article has switched hands, and Kyle snatches it from her left hand.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Murray:The bathroom's pretty much self-explanatory.See more »
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260 out of 367 people found the following review useful.
Good character-driven human drama; I blame the teenagers for the low rating., 26 July 2005
Author: Potty-Man from Israel

Once more, a great injustice has been done by IMDb voters. Dark Water currently has a rating of 5.4, with 16% of the voters giving it a 1! Note that 16% is 251 users, so it's not that a lot of people thought it was bad, it just that not many people saw it and/or voted.

It's quite obvious what happened. In what must be the most idiotic marketing move of the century, Dark Water was promoted as a horror movie. Not only is the original Japanese version not that scary to begin with, and focuses more on the drama and the human aspects of the story, but in the remake, the horror element completely gets thrown out the window in favor of an intelligent, mature human drama. I can say that 75% of the people who were with me in the theater had no idea what kind of movie this is going to be. Needless to say, about an hour into it they began shifting in their seats, chatting or giggling. Most of them were teenagers, who came looking for cheap thrills and got a "bore-fest" instead. The same kind of teenagers who, I bet, later voted it a 1.

True, the movie could have been edited a little tighter, and some sequences could have been left on the editing room floor, but it's not boring. It does take its time establishing and developing the relationships and the characters, but since the movie is all about the characters, that's a good thing. It's quite an ambitious drama, and as such, it doesn't always strike home. The script, I think, is the main problem. Since it presents us with very real people with real problems, but doesn't seem to know where to take them from there. As a result, the plot is thin. It's certainly not an event-driven movie. It remains unclear what the main conflict is for the heroine. The writer wasn't fine tuned on what he wanted to say, or maybe the director, Walter Salles, mishandled the material. For me, the story was about learning to let go, and the difference between loving someone and wanting them to be happy, and loving someone so much that you want that person to belong only to you. It's the difference between being willing to sacrifice vs. a selfish and possessive kind of love. I think the movie should have put more weight on that.

Other than that, the film does strike the right chords more often than not, and provides a lot of touching, sad moments. The acting is wonderful and three dimensional. All of the cast does an excellent job, but especially Jennifer Connelly, who proves once more she is the best American actress working today. The cinematography and the art design are beautiful, with a lot of attention to atmosphere. Also, Walter Salles shows some neat directing techniques in playing with the viewer's minds, making us doubt what's real and what's imaginary, and giving visual expression to the heroine's ever deteriorating state of mind.

All in all, I'd rate this movie a 7.5. But 5.4?!!!! That's lower than Fantastic Four, for crying out loud. I just hope that it finds the right audience when it's released on DVD.

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