Words by Naomi Jefferys
“Now children, are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…This story started many thousands of years ago, and it was all over in just 7 days.”
The opening lines to Alejandro Amenabar’s brilliant The Others. The film has a stellar cast, with Christopher Eccelstone, Eric Sykes and Nicole Kidman taking on the title role of Grace Stewart, a catholic mother who lives in a remote country house in Jersey with her children. The new arrival of three servants, an elderly gardener, a young mute girl and an aging nanny and servant.
The film is basically a Haunted House thriller, with a surprising twist. Amenabar is able to create a dreamy, timeless atmosphere. Unlike typical scary films which rely on special effects and a big budget. Amenabar is able to create a film which involves a normal, frightened woman in a disturbing situation.
Nicole Kidman carries the film, the audience literally sees her sanity and her life unfolding. The events are so elusive that I won’t even try to explain them, as I don’t want to give the game away. What is more, the film feels typically British. The setting is a grandiose with the house laced in oak doors and drawing rooms.
So, if you like atmospheric and spine tingling film which stars the brilliant Nicole Kidman and the equally excellent Christopher Eccelstone then rent it on DVD!