The twenty-one-year-old Timothy "Tim" Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma where his father purportedly tortured and killed his mother before being killed himself by Tim. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need to destroy an ancient mirror that she has found through working at an auction house. She then steals the mirror and the reluctant Tim follows his sister and has fragmented recollections from their childhood, going back to when his father Alan buys a mirror for the home office of their new family home. Kaylie and Tim see a woman with their father in his office and the behaviors of Alan and Marie change, ending in a family tragedy. Kaylie blames the mirror and now she wants to destroy it with Tim. Will they succeed?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The definition of "oculus" is 1) a circular or oval window; 2) a circular opening at the top of a dome; 3) eye. See more »
In her chronology of owners of the glass, Kaylie mentions a Robert Clancy who acquired the glass in 1864. She mentions that while attending the University of Connecticut he was known as "the whale". The University of Connecticut opened as Storrs Agricultural College in 1881 and did not become the University of Connecticut until 1939. See more »
Look, Kaylie, you can deal with this; I did. You want to redeem the family name? You don't need to do it for mom and dad; you only need to do it for yourself.
Oh! They did a bang-up job on you in there, didn't they? You were perfectly normal when they locked you up. You had to go bat-shit to get out.
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I won't spoil anything, but for a haunted mirror movie, I found it VERY effective.
There are only really 6 people in the film. The parents, and the children at 2 different ages. The film is not really linear, and it took me a while to get the flow of the constant changing from today and yesterday. Once I got it, I found it very clever.
What impressed me the most, however, is that there is hardly any blood, no nudity, no profanity, no sex, no gore and it scared the crap out of me!
No, it doesn't reinvent the genre (can you even really do that with the haunted mirror genre?), but it is a well crafted, well acted movie that really kept my interest all the way through.
The young girl was especially effective.
The film starts off slow and methodical and really hits its stride about the half way mark.
We need more films like this. Smart, clever "little" films - a few characters, a few props and lots of chills and thrills.
Please see this!
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