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Dorothy Mills (2008)

Carice van Houten , Jenn Murray , Agnès Merlet  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carice van Houten, Jenn Murray, David Wilmot, Ger Ryan, David Ganly
  • Directors: Agnès Merlet
  • Writers: Agnès Merlet, Juliette Sales
  • Producers: Eric Jehelmann, James Flynn, Jean-Luc Ormières, Jérôme Lateur, Louise Curran
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001KKU9CI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dorothy Mills" on IMDb

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When a gloomy, God-fearing island community is rocked by the murder of a young child, a psychologist is called in to examine Dorothy Mills, the teenager accused of the crime. Despite the villagers' resistance, the therapist soon suspects that Dorothy suffers from multiple personality disorder. But when the girl speaks in the voice of the woman's own deceased son, what first seemed like madness may - as the locals believe - be Dorothy channeling the dead. A spine-chilling blend of psychological thriller and gothic terror, Dorothy Mills is eerie, suspenseful and truly frightening.

Though compared to The Exorcist because of teenager Dorothy Mills’ (Jenn Murray) tendency towards possession, this psychological thriller feels much closer to a combination of Don’t Look Now, and The Wicker Man, both of which are better than Dorothy Mills. Though a gorgeous setting (an island off mainland Ireland) does lend the film clammy ambiance, for the most part there is little surprise or suspense. The saving grace of Dorothy Mills is actor Carice Van Houten’s portrayal of Jane, a traumatized Dublin psychiatrist assigned to the case of a teen who allegedly strangled a baby while babysitting. The second she ferries out to a creepy island populated by evangelical, semi-pagan zealots, Jane begins to experience what it means to be an outsider accidentally privy to some dark secrets exposed surrounding Mills’ mysterious case. Jane, who champions Mills as an unfortunate victim of schizophrenia, relives her own psychological battles through this young girl. Lame depictions of antics enacted by rebellious locals do a disservice to the true story here, which concerns the psychic bond between two females. Like Don’t Look Now, a sense of disorientation is created by Jane’s foreign locale, to this film’s credit, and her memories of loss do register as real tragedy as did Julie Christie’s in what was, perhaps, the best film ever made about parents processing the loss of their children. Director Agnes Merlet also did a service to Mills’ character in casting Murray, whose white hair and pallid complexion look ghostly enough to create some spook. But the story is just not that compelling. The details of Mills’ psychosis are explained away in a clichéd manner, leaving little for the viewer to wonder about in this supposedly supernatural tale. --Trinie Dalton

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING!! October 14, 2010
Forget everything that you think you know about DOROTHY MILLS.

You know nothing.

Dorothy has been accused of nearly strangling a baby in her care. Enter Jane, the court appointed psychologist sent to evaluate her mental state. I don't want to say any more and ruin the twists, curves and flat out blind sides this film delivers.

DOROTHY MILLS is fascinating, haunting, creepy. On certain levels, it reminded me of THE WICKER MAN. No, not that horrible remake with Nicholas Cage. The stunning original 1973 WICKER MAN. The isolation of the island and the pagan images during the dance evolved that whispful quality of THE WICKER MAN.

Everything about this story works. The characters, the setting, the twist within a twist within a twist. DOROTHY MILLS is like a Russian puzzle box. You think you know where you're going and there you are, inside another box.

I can't recommend DOROTHY MILLS enough! Just be prepared to lose the next couple hours and be mesmerized. It's nothing short of breathtaking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conduit... December 6, 2012
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I came across DOROTHY MILLS quite by accident, and I'm certainly glad I did! With its perfectly unsettling mix of various (yet original) elements from THE EXORCIST, THE WICKER MAN, WAKE WOOD, and SYBIL, DM should be a supernatural classic. The interplay between Jane (Carice van Houten) and Dorothy (Jenn Murray) make the building horror absolutely believable, and make up the core of this dark gem. If you are a lover of the paranormal, psycho-thriller w/ heavy doses of dread and paranoia, then DOROTHY MILLS will fill your soul w/ ice...
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A PERFORMANCE!!!! This is an amazing film! March 31, 2009

I can only say "wow"... this film boosts the performance of a lifetime. Young Jenn Murray is simply amazing as this young girl suffering from multiple personalities that may or may not be the work of the dead.

She is simply amazing!

The story is quite simple: a doctor from the mainland goes to a remote Irish island where 15 year old Dorothy Mills seems to have murdered a baby. As she starts to know Dorothy and spend some time with her, she uncovers the many personalities inhabiting the girl's body. There is an innocent 3 year old girl... a boy who protects Dorothy from killing herself... a slut who teases the town's men... and Duncan who is a little more violent than the others.

It all seems to be a simple case of multiple personalities until young Dorothy talks to the doctor as her lost son. And suddenly we start to understand that there's more to the town's dead than we can see... because they all end up in Dorothy's body.

This film is much more a FABULOUS supernatural/psychological drama than plain horror. And in its own right, it is truly amazing. The story is magnificently well told with unbelievable performances. The direction is sharp, precise and masterful. Everything here is right.

Don't expect any gore.
Expect an inexpensive Irish film that will give you an amazing experience seldom found in films with 10 times the budget.

Simply amazing!
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I guess the other reviewers that I read here are too young to remeber it, but this is a slick, turbo-charged version of the 1957 classic "The Three Faces of Eve"--a motion picture documentary of the first recorded case of multiple personality disorder. One man in New Jersey has since been documented to have more than one hundred personalities, as have others since the phenomenon grows more common each year. This is not, however, "A Modern Take On The Exorcist" as the box advertises. It is not terribly "frightening" or bloody or erotic. It is a fairly-well written and well-acted and well-directed story of a young woman with a classic case of multiple personality disorder, and a clever plot twist, to boot. Watch carefully to catch all the subtle connections. This is an interesting, entertaining psycho-thriller that might make for a good psychology class viewing and discussion.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REAL GOOD, DIDN'T EXPECTED!!! May 18, 2009
This was a very well made movie with quality acting by all. The description of the movie does not tell the whole story. There is much more to the story line that is very interesting. There's a lot of tension and a few bloody scenes, mainly dead sheep. Dorothy is a "gifted" young girl who many believe is under demonic control. A doctor comes to comes to her home after a disturbing incident Dorothy has while babysitting. The doctor believes Dorothy has multiple personalities. This is when the story really takes shape and draws you in. What is really Dorothy's gift??? You will have to watch the movie to find out. Very entertaning story and well worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOST ORIGINAL FILM August 3, 2014
You will never see a story like this ever again on the screen so if you appreciate something new and original then this is the film to see and even keep in your collection for sure. Not much can be said in order not to spoil the plot but for all of you video gamers out there, this is the film about the private lives of the villagers from Resident Evil 4 video game. I'm dead serious!!! You'll see...
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3.0 out of 5 stars not great June 29, 2014
The movie was slow. I thought it was not a great story line however I had to watch it until the end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dorthy Mills June 2, 2014
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Did not enjoy this flick. It was slow and poorly done. Acting was ok. Story was week and not convincing.
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Published 1 month ago by Noell K Emerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It wasn't quite what i expected however I was pleasantly surprised with the story line. Interesting..
Published 2 months ago by Seven
2.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy Mills (2008)
Plot - IMDB
A psychiatrist is assigned to work on the case of a disturbed young girl.

Review - 2/5
On the cover it says 'A contemporary take on The Exorcist',... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Duane
3.0 out of 5 stars Yawn Fest.
What a boring movie. The premise is okay, but it just moves so slowly. I'm a fan of suspense, but this builds at an utter snail's pace only to reveal a predictable... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lumpy Space Queen
3.0 out of 5 stars ok movie
The scenery in this movie was beautiful. The story was a little slow; but I was surprised at the end.
Published 13 months ago by Kathy Strackbein
4.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy Mills
This movie is more of a suspence film. You feel you can diagnose her with a medical disorder then later you find out the truth. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alisha Ford
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a scary movie - Movie title and legend are completely...
I bought this movie thinking that it was a scary movie. But much to my wife's and my disappointment it turned out to be a psycological thriller. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Carlos A. Gonzalez Gomez
4.0 out of 5 stars more movies like this please!!!
Sorry to disagree with some remarks of this movie being slow(?). I liked the pace of it and it gave you time to really understand the different characters and their secrets and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sammi
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is once again a really good movie, scary and disturbing all in one, the characters are well placed and I love movies from different countries, gives a new dimension to films.
Published 16 months ago by Steven Javorniczky
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