The Eclipse (2009)

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In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts.



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In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts.

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If there is life after death - love lives on


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Beautiful, heartbreaking and haunting. The eerie, peaceful Cobh provides an excellent backdrop to this Gothic tale
25 July 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

"If there is life after death - love lives on"

It's very unusual to come across a horror film set in Ireland. There has been a few in recent years, mostly gore-filled slashers such as "Isolation" set on a Wexford farm and the psychedelic horror "Shrooms", but that's been about it. I had never heard of "The Eclipse" before until it caught my eye a few weeks ago in a DVD rental place, and the story immediately appealed to me and fascinated me. A Gothic, love/ghost story set in a seaside town in Ireland. The location straight away is eerie and kinda ghastly, but throw in some romance elements that seem to thrive in our culture, and it looked set to be a great film. And it really is. "The Eclipse" is a very fascinating and beautiful film with magnificent performances. Although, flawed in how it's made as it never seems to truly know what it is it's trying to do; be a love story, a ghost story, or a horror film. Obviously, with all these elements, it's a bit of each - a Gothic love story maybe. The first ten minutes were extremely gripping and sent such a chill down my spine as Michael, who believes he's seeing ghosts around his home, follows a shadow down his stairs and sees it moving across the sitting room. He believes it's his father-in-law, who he neglects and has been living in a nursing home. But why do you see the ghosts of the living? Michael, a woodwork teacher, is struggling to bring up his two teenager children after his wife's death from cancer. He is a shell of a man, heartbroken, and trying to nurse his strained relationships with his kids. His father-in-law tells him that he's been seeing Eleanor's ghost too, which brings Michael to look into this subject and try and find help. He volunteers at the annual Cobh writers festival which brings in writers from all over the world. He chauffeurs Lena around, whose latest novel "The Eclipse", a ghost story, is a best seller. As Michael and Lena become close, Michael tells her about his supernatural experiences, while he battles against the ignorant and psychotically jealous writer Nicholas Holden (In a despicable but superb performance by Aiden Quinn) for Lena.

Don't let the dominant romantic themes fool you - because this film is absolutely terrifying at stages. Being a hardened fan of the horror genre, I actually found myself jumping at one or two points in the film. Ciaran Hinds is absolutely superb as Michael Farr in a very powerful and domineering role. He's an extremely likable guy and it's heartbreaking seeing some of the torment he is going through. When he breaks down crying after being visited by the ghost of his wife, it was just completely heartbreaking and Hinds really portrayed the anguish, loneliness and anger extremely well. Iben Hjejle also provides an excellent performance as the writer Lena who sparks off a love interest for Michael as they become very close. Aiden Quinn, a very successful Irish actor abroad, ironically plays an American character here as the despicable and horrible Nicholas Holden. It's a tragic, heartbreaking and creepy film. But it could have maybe been better had it improved some points, for example, I don't think the love rivalry between Michael and Nicholas was at all necessary, neither was the character of Nicholas necessary at all for that matter (Although, it does provide us with a good fistfight towards the end) as it just dumbs down some of the eerie and Gothic elements of the film. Cobh looks fantastic on the screen, and this really is a film that deserves a much wider audience. Foreign audiences should appreciate the hybrids the film creates, and the overall atmosphere and the question that is asked: is death really the end?

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