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The Boat People (2007)

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The Boat People is a psychological thriller. Jared is taken to the coast by his new girlfriend, Alice. They stay in the seaside cottage she's owed all her life with her sister, Cleo. As ... See full summary »

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Jared
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Alice
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Merrick
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Cleo
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Dan
Clara Onyemere ...
Sian (as Clara Onymere)
Alan Westaway ...
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Helena Suarez ...
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Laura Hone ...
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Amber Silk ...
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The Boat People is a psychological thriller. Jared is taken to the coast by his new girlfriend, Alice. They stay in the seaside cottage she's owed all her life with her sister, Cleo. As soon as he gets there, Jared begins to have haunting dreams of a distant exotic land. The dreams excite Alice. Even more weird is that when Cleo unexpectedly turns up, she somehow seems to know what happens in the dreams without him telling her. Gradually Jared realises that the sisters are using his dreams to uncover a long-buried secret from their childhood, when they lived in Vietnam and their parents were brutally murdered. But who was the murderer? And why does Jared begin to feel that his life is now threatened? As the landscape and the house reveal their secrets, Jared becomes more and more drawn into the twisted world of The Boat People. First they take over his dreams, then they take over his mind. Written by Anthony Fletcher

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You can bury the past, but you can't kill it off

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£210,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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A bit surreal
26 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

"The boat people" tells the story of a relatively new couple that lives in a house by the sea, owned by the girl and her sister, whose father died under uncertain circumstances decades ago. Throughout the movie, the boyfriend gets more and more suspicious through some strange dreams he has that seem to be in connection with the mysterious murder.

Unfortunately I have to say, that I didn't find it quite easy to get drawn into the world the film tries to establish. That has to do partly with the characters, that at some times weren't acting very relate-able in my opinion, partly also with the fact that much of the plot development is achieved through the character's dreams, which is a very spiritual way of solving the case.

Many people here seemed to like it better than me and it isn't all too bad even though it has its lengths. For me a bit more realistic approach would have suited the film better, but that's for everyone to judge on his own.


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