I have very eclectic tastes in movies.
I’m a huge fan of historical films, and I probably watch mysteries (contemporary or historical) more than anything else. Last year, a mentor asked me to name my top three movies, claiming the exercise would tell me something about myself that I probably didn’t know.
I thought about it for several days. I wasn’t even sure I had favorite movies, per se. But it was part of an assignment, so I had to come up with something. One of the movie titles I decided on was The Others.
The Others is a 2001 film starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Alejandro Amenabar. Set in the Channel Islands following World War II, the story follows Grace–a nervous, exacting woman, who lives in a remote location with her two children. Her husband has never returned from the war and many of the servants have recently disappeared. The children suffer from a condition, which does not allow them access to the sun, so the inhabitants of the house live by candle light with all of the windows covered with heavy draperies.
When strange things begin to happen in the house, Grace fears someone, or something, lives in the house with them.
Very much in the vein of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, The Others is the very essence of gothic settings and stories and has a clever, unexpected twist at the end. A truly spooky film without any gore or violence it’s a psychological, stylized ride through an atmospheric maze.
Here’s a link to the trailer.
What’s your favorite film?