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The Others
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Grace....Nicole Kidman
Mrs. Mills...Fionnula Flanagan
Charles...Christopher Eccleston
Anne...Alakina Mann
Nicholas...James Bentley
Mr. Tuttle...Eric Sykes
Lydia...Elaine Cassidy
A film directed by Alejandro Amenábar
Article added on January 30, 2002
At 29, Alejandro Amenábar is considered one of the most promising young directors. By the way, Vanilla Sky, directed by Cameron Crowe, with Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz, is a remake of Amenábar's 1997-movie Abre Los Ojos. The Spaniard born in Chile not only directs, he also writes screenplays and music scores. For the present film, The Others, Amenábar once more united these three abilities.
The Others takes place on the island of Jersey, in the English Channel, shortly after the Second World War ended. Grace (Nicole Kidman) lives with her children Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley) on an isolated Victorian property. She has no news from her husband who probably died in the war. From one day to the other, all servants disappeared without giving prior notice.
One day, three servants, Mrs. Mills (Fionnula Flanagan), Mr. Tuttle (Eric Sykes) and Lydia (Elaine Cassidy), ask for work in and around the house. Grace seems to have expected them whereas the three seem surprised. Grace tells them some basic facts about the house: there is no telephone, no radio and no electricity in the house. And some basic rules: "no door must be opened unless the one before is closed". With 50 doors and 15 keys not an easy task. Furthermore, the curtains must be closed before the children enter a room because Anne and Nicholas suffer from a terrible illness and cannot stand the light.
This is the starting point for a partly mysterious, partly terrifying film which almost entirely renounces on special effects and violence to create a haunted atmosphere.
Grace educates her children in a spirit of religious dogmatism in which the bible is the only point of reference from which a repressive regime results. As the children start to hear and see people, Grace does not believe them until she herself can hear strange noises and voices. Is he becoming hysterical?
Unfortunately, the last third of the film cannot maintain the haunting atmosphere and the ending does not come as a surprise - not only because many movie-goers may remember the surprising Sixth Sense.
Still, this is a film worthwhile watching because Nicole Kidman proves once more to be one of the most versatile actresses of her generation. She can play any role convincingly. It would have been no waste of time to watch her alone in a room of the Victorian house for 90 minutes. A performance to remember.

Filmography of Nicole Kidman
Dogville, 2003 (?).
The Human Stain, 2003 (?):
The Hours, 2002.
Birthday Girl, 2002.
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Moulin Rouge, 2001. Get it on DVD from,,
Eyes Wide Shut, 1999. Get it on DVD from,,,
Practical Magic, 1998. Get it on DVD from,,
The Peacemaker, 1997. Get it on DVD from,,,
The Portrait of a Lady, 1996. Get it on DVD from
To Die For, 1995. Get it on DVD from,,
Batman Forever, 1995. Get it on DVD from,
My Life, 1993.
Malice, 1993. Get it on DVD from
Far and Away, 1992. Get it on DVD from,
Billy Bathgate, 1991.
Flirting, 1990.
Days of Thunder, 1990. Get it on DVD from
Dead Calm, 1988. Get it on DVD from,,
Emerald City aka The Trendsetters, 1988.
Watch the Shadows Dance, 1988.
The Bit Part, 1987.
Archer's Adventure aka Winners, 1986.
Windrider, 1986.
Wills and Burke: The Untold Story, 1985.
BMX Bandits, 1983.
Bush Christmas, 1983.

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Check our reviews of the following movies with Nicole Kidman: Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge, Birthday Girl, The Hours and the biography of Nicole Kidman.