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On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the final days of World War II, a young woman waits for her beloved husband to return from the front. Grace has been raising her two young children alone in a beautiful, cavernous, Victorian mansion, the one place she believes them to be safe. But they are not safe. Not anymore.
Review Above Average "The director has the patience
to create a languorous, dreamy atmosphere, and Nicole Kidman succeeds in
convincing us that she is a normal person in a disturbing situation. But in
drawing out his effects, the director is a little too confident that style can
substitute for substance. As our suspense was supposed to be building, our
impatience was outstripping it.''
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
The opinions didn't come in quite as high as I had expected. The slow pace of the movie seemed to be the biggest problem. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL HAUNTED HOUSE MOVIE! It's a slow moving drama with some great acting and an unusual story about a haunted house. There are virtually no special effects and no horror scenes.
Most people enjoyed "The Others," but not a very high percentage loved it. The relatively high number of "Good/Avg." and lower opinions, makes this a bit risky to strongly recommend. If the slow pace of the movie isn't a big turn off, then I would say your chances of enjoying "The Others" are pretty good.
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
A very entertaining "adult" scary movie, that doesn't rely on killing and gore to make it scary, like most "teen" films of this genre do. The pace may be a bit too slow for those used to traditional "horror" films. But, this movie's really not for them. I believe it will have wider appeal than to just fans of scary movies. Most everyone should enjoy "The Others."
On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the final days of World War II, a young woman waits for her beloved husband to return from the front. Grace (Nicole Kidman) has been raising her two young children alone in a beautiful, cavernous, Victorian mansion, the one place she believes them to be safe.
But they are not safe. Not anymore.
When three new servants arrive to replace the ones that inexplicably disappeared, startling, supernatural events begin to unfold. Grace's daughter reveals she has been communicating with unexplained apparitions. At first, Grace is reluctant to believe in her children's frightening sightings, but soon, she too begins to sense that intruders are at large.
Who are these numinous trespassers? And what do they want from Grace 's family? In order to discover the truth, Grace must abandon all of her fears and beliefs and enter the otherworldly heart of the supernatural.