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Presence of Mind (1999)

Henry James' classic tale of terror, "The Turn of the Screw" receives yet another screen adaptation in this thriller shot in Spain. A young woman (Sadie Frost) is hired to serve as a ... See full summary »

Director:

Antoni Aloy

Writers:

Henry James (novel), Barbara Gogny (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sadie Frost ... Governess
Lauren Bacall ... Mado Remei
Ella Jones Ella Jones ... Flora
Nilo Zimmerman ... Miles (as Nilo Mur)
Harvey Keitel ... The Master
Agustí Villaronga ... Fosc (as Agustin Villaronga)
Dayna Danika Dayna Danika ... Miss Jessel
Jude Law ... Secretary
Jack Taylor ... Father
Luz Fortuny Luz Fortuny ... Aunt
Tom Keller Tom Keller ... Photographer
María Dulce Roselló María Dulce Roselló ... Mourner 1
Lydia Zimmermann Lydia Zimmermann ... Mourner 2
Daniel Isidro Daniel Isidro ... Coachman
Juana Ginzo Juana Ginzo ... Bel (as Juana Guinzo)
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Storyline

Henry James' classic tale of terror, "The Turn of the Screw" receives yet another screen adaptation in this thriller shot in Spain. A young woman (Sadie Frost) is hired to serve as a governess for two children, Miles and Flora (Nilo Mur and Ella Jones). She is hired by their uncle, the Master (Harvey Keitel), who became the guardian of the youngsters after the death of their parents. While the governess is initially enthusiastic about her job, Miles and Flora soon prove to be quite a handful, and the housekeeper Mrs. Grose (Lauren Bacall), who oversees most of the activities at the Master's estate, is openly antagonistic to her. Before long, the governess discovers the house bears a dark secret involving Miss Jessel (Dayne Danika), the previous governess, and Fosc (Agusti Villaronga), the Master's former valet. El Celo was the first feature from Director Antoni Aloy.

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Quotes

Governess: What are you doing here?
Flora: I told you. I come here to bury my secrets.
Governess: No more secrets, Flora. Tell me where she is.
Flora: Who, miss?
Governess: Tell me, my pet, where is Miss Jessel?
Flora: Miss Jessel?
Governess: Yes!
[to Mado Remei]
Governess: See? See? There she is! Out on the water!
Mado Remei: I can't see anything.
[...]
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A stunning re-adaptation of a Henry James classic.
20 November 2000 | by panchita_jonesSee all my reviews

I had the privilege to watch the world premiere screening of this film at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. It is a visually stunning film that draws you in from the very beginning. This first-time director from Mallorca, Spain, was fortunate to have two powerful actors in his film - Harvey Keitel and Lauren Bacall - and used them both superbly. Bacall's performance was the most impressive as well as the rich costumes and set designs. Nilo Mur, in the role of Miles, was the surprise enchantment of the film. Don't miss it!


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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Outra Volta do Parafuso See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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