SOONER OR LATER THEY WILL FIND YOU.
It’s a peculiar atmosphere that greets three newly hired servants on Jersey; a never-ending mist surrounds the house where a terrified woman (Nicole Kidman) lives with her children who are extremely allergic to light. It goes without saying that a lot of things go bump in the night in this haunted house. The camera pans over terrifying interiors; the shifts between light and darkness reinforce one’s sense of claustrophobic horror. Kidman (in a great performance) really knows how to express her character’s fear of God, but Alejandro Amenábar also, thankfully, provides a sense of humor. Some may see through the twist, but it’s a very clever story.
2001-U.S.-Spain. 101 min. Color. Produced by Park Sunmin, José Luis Cuerda, Fernando Bovaira. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Cinematography: Javier Aguirresarobe. Cast: Nicole Kidman (Grace Stewart), Fionnula Flanagan (Bertha Mills), Christopher Eccleston (Charles Stewart), Elaine Cassidy, Eric Sykes, Alakina Mann.
Trivia: Co-executive produced by Tom Cruise.
Last word: “I didn’t have anyone particularly in mind when I wrote the script in Spanish and was thinking about setting it in South America. Then we decided to translate it to England and Nicole really liked the character. When I met her and saw her eyes I thought they were so powerful, and I hadn’t seen that strength and power used before in film. I insisted on using her eyes a lot to get all that energy from her. Now when you see the film, it seems like it was written for her.” (Amenábar, BBC Films)