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In a Dark Place (2006)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  19 June 2007 (USA)
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The disturbed arts teacher, Anna Veigh, is hired by Mr. Laing as a governess to raise Flora and her brother Miles. Anna believes that the ghosts of the former governess, Miss Jessel, and ... See full summary »

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Miss Grose
Christian Olson ...
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Graham Pountney ...
Mr. James
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Vicar
Jonathan Fox ...
Mr. Laing
Thomas Sanne ...
Headmaster
Patrick Dechesne ...
Quint
Gintare Parulyte ...
Miss Jessel
Cleo Rotunno ...
Small Girl
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Véronique Fauconnet ...
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Angela Milne ...
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The disturbed arts teacher, Anna Veigh, is hired by Mr. Laing as a governess to raise Flora and her brother Miles. Anna believes that the ghosts of the former governess, Miss Jessel, and housekeeper, Peter Quint, are in the property haunting the children, and she decides to help them to face the spirits and get their souls free. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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The book that Anna reads in bed is the 1994 Penguin Books edition of "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James, on which this movie is based. See more »

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When Flora is playing hide & seek with Miles, her accent suddenly disappears. See more »

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Version of Matinee Theatre: The Others (1957) See more »

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The scariest places are in the dark
24 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"in a Dark Place" with Leelee Sobieski and Tara Fitzgerald is a retelling of the classic Henry James story, "the Turn of the Screw" There have been many incarnations, "The Innocents" with Deborah Kerr being the best. This is very good though.

Leelee plays young Anna Veigh, a nanny assigned to look after two young children, a boy Miles and a girl, Flora, on a remote country estate. It soon becomes apparent that they were abused, as was Anna herself, Mrs. Grose the caretaker, is distant and remote, adding to Anna's misgivings.

The film is stark and sensual. Leelee gives probably her best performance to date, possibly because, as Leelee herself tells us, there is little of her in Anna. Tara Fitzgerald is also a fine actress and really seems to bring everyone's level up in whatever she appears. There is increasing dread to the proceedings that are more psychological than supernatural and the film never loses its edge or its air of creepy self-pleasure.

There is a lesbian subtext that was missing in earlier versions and a good twist as to who the children are really afraid of. The film is moody and subversive but not so obtuse that the viewer is left in the dark too. Due to its subject and certain scenes this isn't really the most comfortable film, but for those who care, both Leelee and Tara give the devil his due with flashes of nudity. All in all I wasn't expecting much from this and so was pleasantly surprised and entertained.


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