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Mrs. Mills...Fionnula Flanagan
Mr. Tuttle...Eric Sykes
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.
The Others, 2001. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Moulin Rouge, 2001. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Eyes Wide Shut, 1999. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Practical Magic, 1998. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
The Peacemaker, 1997. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
The Portrait of a Lady, 1996. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com.
To Die For, 1995. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Batman Forever, 1995. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
My Life, 1993.
Malice, 1993. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com.
Far and Away, 1992. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Billy Bathgate, 1991.
Days of Thunder, 1990. Get it on DVD from Amazon.co.uk.
Dead Calm, 1988. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com,
Emerald City aka The Trendsetters, 1988.
Watch the Shadows Dance, 1988.
The Bit Part, 1987.
Archer's Adventure aka Winners, 1986.
Wills and Burke: The Untold Story, 1985.
BMX Bandits, 1983.
Bush Christmas, 1983.
The Others, 2001. Buy the DVD from
Check our reviews of the following movies with Nicole Kidman: Eyes
Wide Shut, Moulin
Hours and the biography of Nicole