Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.

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Charles Guard (as The Guard Brothers), Thomas Guard (as The Guard Brothers)

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Craig Rosenberg (screenplay), Doug Miro (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Emily Browning ... Anna
Arielle Kebbel ... Alex
David Strathairn ... Steven
Elizabeth Banks ... Rachel
Maya Massar ... Mom
Kevin McNulty ... Sheriff Emery
Jesse Moss ... Matt
Dean Paul Gibson Dean Paul Gibson ... Dr. Silberling
Don S. Davis ... Mr. Henson
Lex Burnham Lex Burnham ... Iris
Matthew Bristol Matthew Bristol ... David
Daniel Bristol ... Samuel (as Danny Bristol)
Heather Doerksen ... Mildred
Alf Humphreys ... Priest (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Ryan Cowie ... Orderly
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Storyline

After the death of her ill mother in a fire, teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. 10 months later, she still can't remember what happened the night her mother dies, but her psychiatrist, Dr. Silberling, discharges her, telling her that she has resolved her issues. Her father Steven, a successful author, brings her back home to their isolated mansion near the coast, where Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna is happier to see her beloved sister Alex, who is swimming in the sea. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidence to prove that Rachel murdered their mother, as they investigate the fire in the boathouse. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic material, sexual content, language and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Don S. Davis' final theatrical film before his death. See more »

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When the mother is first seen, the bell is on her left arm, but the next time she is seen, the bell is now on her right arm. See more »

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[first lines]
Matt: I love you. And I have a condom.
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References The Other (1972) See more »

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The Songs That We Sing
Written by Jarvis Cocker, Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Nicolas Godin and Neil Hannon
Performed by Charlotte Gainsbourg
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. / Vice Music, Inc. / Because Music
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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An excellent remake.
1 February 2009 | by pokeballzlolSee all my reviews

While many people are just so put off by this film for many reasons, I was very surprised by how it actually turned out.

Although the original, "A Tale of Two Sisters", was an epic movie that delivered certain moods and feelings that this movie (and most other films to date) couldn't quite capture, this film was still just great.

One thing to understand was that this movie was completely westernized. Remakes such as "The Grudge" take place in Japan, but the main characters are replaced with an American or European cast, and sometimes the story just doesn't quite fit the way it should with that type of a cast. In this film, the "A Tale of Two Sisters" story is completely translated into an American setting, in the north in a small town. The characters are tweaked a little to accommodate the new setting, and so are some of the scenes and plot lines. This is where many fans of the original get upset and get their panties in a bunch.

If this film was truly remade true to the original, it would just be the original film itself being remade 5 years later with the same cast and same script. This film is honestly one of the best Asian-horror remakes that has been made in the past 3 or 4 years if not ever. The cast gives solid performances and there were little or no plot holes. There were actually less plot holes in this film than the original. Of course I liked the original more, but I'm just saying this film executed certain things that the first film didn't, just like the first film executed certain things this film didn't. They are meant to be similar but different, and that is what makes both of them worth seeing.

8.5/10


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$10,325,824, 1 February 2009

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