Others

Others

4.3 49
Director: Alejandro Amenábar

Cast: Alejandro Amenábar, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan

     
 

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Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar's first English-language production is a creepy period ghost story that continues in the vein of his earlier art house hit Open Your Eyes (1997). Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, a devoutly religious mother of two ailing children who has moved with her family to a mansion on the English coast while awaiting her husband's returnSee more details below

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Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar's first English-language production is a creepy period ghost story that continues in the vein of his earlier art house hit Open Your Eyes (1997). Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, a devoutly religious mother of two ailing children who has moved with her family to a mansion on the English coast while awaiting her husband's return from World War II, though he has been declared missing. Their children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), both suffer from a rare photosensitivity disease that renders them extremely vulnerable to sunlight, prompting Grace's rule of having only one door open in the house at a time. When Anne begins claiming to see ghosts, Grace at first believes her newly arrived family of eccentric servants to be responsible, but chilling events and visions soon lead her to believe that something supernatural is indeed going on. The Others was released only a few months prior to Vanilla Sky (2001), the American remake of Alejandro's Open Your Eyes (1997), ironically starring Kidman's then-estranged husband Tom Cruise.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Young Spanish writer-director Alejandro Amenábar, whose art house hit Open Your Eyes was remade Stateside as Vanilla Sky, makes the cultural crossover to Hollywood with The Others, a chillingly fresh haunted house movie. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, an upper-class British woman who attempts to keep a tight grasp on life in the cavernous mansion she shares with her sheltered, photosensitive children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley). The arrival of new, unannounced servants (Fionnula Flanagan, Eric Sykes, and Elaine Cassidy) coincides with increasing weirdness in the house, including voices and noises that wear the badge of a good old-fashioned haunting, it would seem. Kidman anchors the film, inviting sympathy even as her hysteria worsens. Her Golden Globe-nominated performance is rivaled by those of the child actors, whose charm -- and evident dread -- lingers after the last reel. The film has plenty of scares to it, and Amenábar doles them out masterfully. Plot and character build-up lead to continually mounting shocks that climax in the best horror genre twist since The Sixth Sense. The two-DVD set includes a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary and various featurettes.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Alejandro Amenabar's taut, highly effective thriller is such a refreshment simply because it delights in creating an old-fashioned set of rules for the viewer to go along with, and it results in a picture as noteworthy as The Sixth Sense in toying with viewer expectation and providing non-gratuitous scares that are genuinely earned. A rare movie that honestly deserves comparison with Alfred Hitchcock's sterling oeuvre, the film is helped out considerably by its focused, excellent performances, especially embodied in Nicole Kidman's magnificent turn as an icy, high-strung mother caught up in a maelstrom of frayed nerves. Kidman often seems miscast in certain movies, but here she marvelously conveys the character's nervous curiosity and provides a sturdy audience surrogate so that the film never seems too out of reach. The performances by the young cast are also superb, and Fionnula Flanagan registers strongly as the house's nanny. Surprising, narratively sound and armed with believable suspense, The Others proves that the haunted house genre need not be overwrought CGI and dated spooks in order to work. This is Amenabar's first English-language effort, which was co-produced by Kidman's ex Tom Cruise; his feature Open Your Eyes was remade as Vanilla Sky by writer/director Cameron Crowe, starring, of all people, Cruise.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers

When it comes to turning the screws of psychological terror, Amenebar is an expert technician.
Village Voice - Amy Taubin
From beginning to end, Grace exists in a state of barely suppressed hysteria punctuated by moments of abject terror, all of which Kidman registers with extreme delicacy.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
Though Kidman doesn't hesitate to make Grace high-strung and as tightly wound as they come, she also projects vulnerability and courage when they're called for. It's an intense, involving performance, and it dominates and energizes a film that would be lost without it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2009
UPC:
0065935827320
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Alliance Canada
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
93,639

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Kidman Grace
Christopher Eccleston Charles
Fionnula Flanagan Mrs. Mills
Elaine Cassidy Lydia
Alakina Mann Anne
Eric Sykes Mr. Tuttle
James Bentley Nicholas
Renée Ashershon Old Lady
Gordon Reid Assistant
Keith Allen Mr. Marlish
Michelle Fairley Mrs. Marlish
Alexander Vince Victor
Ricardo Lopez 2nd Assistant
Rico Lopez 2nd Assistant
Aldo Grilo Gardener

Technical Credits
Alejandro Amenábar Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Javier Aguirresarobe Cinematographer
Fernando Bovaira Producer
Javier Chinchilla Casting
Tom Cruise Executive Producer
José Luis Cuerda Producer
Benjamin Fernandez Art Director,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Sonia Grande Costumes/Costume Designer
Sunmin Park Producer
Rick Schwartz Executive Producer
Paula Wagner Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

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