Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Alejandro Amenabar
Things take a sinister turn when Anne starts to see ghosts, although her mother berates her for making things up. Curtains and doors are left open, and strange noises are heard. The disturbances continue, and it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Grace feels very cut off from the rest of the world, and this feeling is made worse because her husband Charles (Christopher Eccleston) is away at war. There has been no news of him, and Grace is faced with the awful possibility that he is dead.
In the isolation of the big old house Grace struggles to keep hold of her sanity in the face of supernatural incursions, grief, and the need to protect her children. As the kindly housekeeper who knows more than she lets on, Mrs Mills (Fionnula Flanagan) offers the perfect counterpoint to Grace's highly-strung anxiety.
The Others is a tense, beautifully atmospheric story that's been very carefully plotted. It's as much a tear-jerker as it is a supernatural thriller. Although fairly short, it's loaded with quiet suspense. With an unexpected yet brilliantly set up ending, this makes for a compelling and well-paced ghost story.