The Others

The Others

Alejandro Amenabar (2001)

99min
12 Certificate
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Open Your Eyes director Alejandro Amenábar references such tastefully literate chillers of the past as The Haunting and The Innocents in this, his English-language debut feature. Nicole Kidman gives a powerful performance here as a highly strung woman living alone in a postwar Jersey mansion with her two light-sensitive children. When she hires a trio of new servants, her shadowy home suddenly turns very creepy indeed, as her daughter starts to see "things" and they all experience seemingly supernatural events. Relying on deliberately old-fashioned bumps in the night for suspense and gothic spookiness, Amenábar invokes the spirit of RKO horror producer Val Lewton - of Cat People fame - to create a study in terror that relies on atmosphere and mood rather than anything too tangibly modern. Almost resembling a serious high art version of Beetle Juice, this frostily macabre melodrama is for those who prefer their goosebumps delivered with sophistication, not a sledgehammer.

Summary

A woman awaits the return of her husband from the Second World War while struggling to care for her son and daughter. Both children suffer a violent reaction when exposed to daylight, forcing her to keep much of their isolated home on the island of Jersey shrouded in gloom. When the pair claim to see strangers in the house, their terrified mother begins to suspect that the souls of the dead are stalking the halls. Period supernatural thriller, starring Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann, James Bentley and Christopher Eccleston.

Cast & Crew

Grace Stewart Nicole Kidman
Mrs Mills Fionnula Flanagan
Anne Alakina Mann
Nicholas James Bentley
Charles Christopher Eccleston
Mr Tuttle Eric Sykes
Lydia Elaine Cassidy
Old lady Renee Asherson
Assistant Gordon Reid
Director Alejandro Amenabar
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Some violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama