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The Little Stranger (2018)

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After a doctor is called to visit a crumbling manor, strange things begin to occur.

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Lenny Abrahamson

Writers:

Lucinda Coxon, Sarah Waters (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ruth Wilson ... Caroline Ayres
Domhnall Gleeson ... Faraday
Will Poulter ... Roderick Ayres
Charlotte Rampling ... Mrs. Ayres
Josh Dylan ... Bland
Anna Madeley ... Anne Granger
Lorne MacFadyen ... Dr. Calder
Kate Phillips ... Diana Baker-Hyde
Tim Plester
Harry Hadden-Paton ... Dr. David Granger
Camilla Arfwedson ... Young Mrs. Ayres
Thea Balich ... Surgical Assistant
Amy Marston ... Mrs. Blundell
Dixie Egerickx ... Gillian Baker-Hyde
Darren Kent
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THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr. Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family's story is about to become entwined with his own. Written by Focus Features

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From small acorns, dark mysteries grow. See more »


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Rated R for some disturbing bloody images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$713,143, 13 September 2018
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The book of the same name on which this film is based was author Sarah Waters' first novel not to have a lesbian as the main protagonist. See more »

Goofs

It's meant to be Christmas and yet when Faraday and Caroline take a walk in the grounds to see the site for the new houses the trees in the background are in full leaf. See more »

Quotes

Faraday: What this house needs is a big dose of happiness.
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Connections

Featured in Film 24: Episode dated 21 September 2018 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No 20 in A Major D. 959: II. Andantino
Composed by Franz Schubert
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A film we didn't ask for but certainly needed
21 September 2018 | by goreilly-01241See all my reviews

I believe that the harsh criticism this film recieved by the audience is simply down to the fact that director Lenny Abrahamson did not give the audience what they were expecting. One critic described it as "not scary enough", as he/she was clearly disappointed, not to be given a character who asks "Who's there?" whenever they hear a noise. This is a movie that does not fit in a tidy box, but takes elements from a wide variety of genres to tell a truly unique story with a fascinating character.

Lenny Abrahamson is a director touched by the hand of the cinema god. Visually, this film is beautiful. From the stunning production design to the uniform and muted colour palette. The sound design Is not the cliche loud noises you will find in horrors, but instead uses natural sounds such as the creaking of an old house and silence to create an uncomfortable atmosphere.

I found the character of Faraday (Donal Gleeson) truly facinating. An ocean of emotion contained in a conservative upper class persona. I found it particularly fascinating how Lenny explored the harsh consequences suppressed emotions and a lack of self-awareness can do.

This won't give you what you think you want, but will certainly give you what you want. Thank you Lenny.


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