Screen Time: 60%
Role: Anne Stewart
Age: 10 years old
Directed: Alejandro Amenábar
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Suspense
A woman named Grace retires with her two children to a mansion on Jersey, towards the end of the Second World War, where she's waiting for her husband to come back from battle. The children have a disease which means they cannot be touched by direct sunlight without being hurt in some way. They will live alone there with oppressive, strange and almost religious rules, until she needs to hire a group of servants for them. Their arrival will accidentally begin to break the rules with unexpected consequences.
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It’s a ghost story, but there are no “white sheets and clanking chains,” as Anne would say, trying to spook her younger brother.
Bumps and thumps (superbly amplified by Dolby) come from rooms that, according to Grace’s rule, should have been locked and empty.
The children are adorable, but they’re also vaguely unsettling. Dread gradually gathers as thick as the dust on the mantlepiece.
All is eventually revealed, and when that moment comes, you can practically feel the oxygen being sucked out of the theater in a collective gasp.
As the end credits rolled at the matinee I attended, some audience members remained frozen in the seats. They were, no doubt, waiting for the gooseflesh to subside before they walked out into the bright, haunting sunlight.