|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Others|
|A woman and her children live in a house while their father is at war. The children are extremely allergic to bright light. One day they get a group of 3 servants. This is about the time when they start hearing voices. They soon realize that there is something strange about the servants and that there is something wrong with the house.
--Jack Bauer, Resident Scholar
|The Others is set on the small island of Jersey in Europe 1945. It is about a family living alone while waiting for its father to return from fighting in World War 2. The family consists of a mother (Kidman), her elder daughter and son. We then meet three starngers, two women and an elderly man (Sykes). They wish to work as servants in the house as they had worked their previously and enjoyed it.
We see that Kidman's children are allergic to sunlight and so the rooms they use are strictly closed off from sunlight. Another house rule is to keep all doors locked. No two doors are to be opened at the same time, the previous door must be shut before the next one is opened. This keeps the sunlight out which could kill the children.
We then start to see strange things going on. The daughter drawing pictures of two men, a boy called Victor and a scary old woman who she says has been in the house. We also hear the piano being played but no one is in the lockrd room. We also see that the servants are somehow conspiring against the family.
Kidman is a strict theist and follows the Bible closely, she tries hunting the 'intruders' with a shot-gun but cannot find them. She scolds her daughter for nonsense about ghosts until she hears them herself, two women and a man calling at the same time. Fearing she is having another 'crazy' episode she runs out in the fog to get the local priest to bless the house.
She doesn't get far when she meets her husband who is on his way home. He is ill and in shock but warmly reunites with his family before sinking into depression. That is until Kidman nearly strangles her daughter to deth seeing the face of the old woman on her. The husband and wife make love before he disappears the next morning presumably returning to thr front-lines.
Then all the curtains in the house are stolen, making Kidman fire her staff while searching the house for them. It is here that she comes across a hidden photo in the servants room of themselves dated in 1891- a long time dead...
A great film that will keep you in suspense all the way through. A thought provoking film, which will make you say 'Ahh' with knowing and realisation at the end. You'll want to watch it again to see where you missed the clues. Great performances from all the cast.
--H Louise, Resident Scholar
|Grace(Nicole Kidman)her daughter Anne(Alakina Mann)and son Nicholas(James Bentley)live in a large remote castle on the English island of Jersey, during 1945. They live in isolation because Grace's children cannot take sunlight because of a disease, so they keep all the drapes drawn all the time. Grace's husband left for World War II over a year and a half ago. And the family has just acquired some new help since the last people ran off. Anne starts to hear strange noises and some unexplained things start to occur around the house. But the ghostly going-ons are on the tip of the real truth in the events that are going on in the house.
--Will Dame, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Time/Era of Movie:
Fantasy/Magic in story?
- haunted house or boat
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- medium/shoulderlgn, wavy (woman)
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn curly
- ample bosom & buttocks (woman)
How much in movie?
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- Atlantic Ocean Island
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- non-gory references to death/punishment
Movie makes you feel...
How many deaths in film?
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
Kind of violence:
- mission to protect something
Unusual forms of death
If Soundtrack VERY NOTICEABLE...
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