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In a Dark Place

2.5 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Anna Veigh, (Leelee Sobieski) a recently qualified art therapist and teacher is finding work a tougher psychological challenge that she had anticipated. The offer of a new position minding two young orphans while their wealthy uncle is away on business seems to be a perfect escape.

Her new workplace is Bly House, a remote country estate with beautiful grounds and a small resident staff. Miles and Flora, the children, seem sweet and charming. Anna thinks that she has really "landed on her feet" after the rigors of her previous job. However, Anna’s perfect world quickly begins to fade as she makes disturbing discoveries. Miles, the boy, has been expelled from his school, for a sin so dreadful the headmaster refrains from discussing. Anna then learns that her predecessor in the job died in suspicious circumstances. To add to her unease, Anna begins to catch glimpses of unknown sinister figures lurking on the grounds, however everyone denies their existence. Anna soon learns that the unknown figures are those of two ex-employees of the house.

The only problem is that both employees are dead. Anna senses that the ghostly manifestations possess evil intentions. Not only is the psychological welfare of the children in deep jeopardy, but their lives and souls are also at risk. Anna is forced to confront dark secrets buried deep in her own psyche as she fights to cleanse the children’s souls of darkness, with terrifying consequences for all concerned.


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  • Actors: Leelee Sobieski, Tara Fitzgerald, Christian Olson, Gabrielle Adam, Graham Pountney
  • Directors: Donato Rotunno
  • Writers: Henry James, Peter Waddington
  • Producers: Donato Rotunno, Andreas Bajohra, Bob Portal, Chris Sievernich, Eddy Géradon-Luyckx
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Alchemy / Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVIGLQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In a Dark Place" on IMDb

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAME on June 19, 2007
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Anna Veigh (Leelee Sobieski) is not cutting it as an art teacher in a city school, so she ends up getting a job as a nanny looking after two children in a remote countryside estate. Flora (Gabrielle Adam) and Miles (Christian Olson) lost their parents in a car accident and are now living with their uncle, who is away on a trip in Europe. Running the estate is Ms. Grose (Tara Fitzgerald), who wears formal wear to Anna's first dinner. Anna likes the kids, but then she starts seeing things and bit by bit she starts to discover what the hell is going on there. If the whole thing smacks of a Victorian era horror story, then you are on the right track, which is more than can be said for this 2006 film from first-time director Donato Rotunno.

This movie depends on Sobieski to carry the load and frankly she is not up to it for most of the film, alternating between frowning and blank stares as her character tries to puzzle things out. In her relationships with the children she does have a few moments where she connects, but her interactions with Ms. Grose are pretty bad. Anna might be the only person who does not pick up that Ms. Grose is a lesbian, but her admission of admiration for the housekeeper is quite painful and Anna's open-eyed blank stares during their brief lesbian encounter are much more confusing than revealing about her character. Her best scene is the last one and the ending was rather effective, which surprised me because I was totally prepared to give "In a Dark Place" an even lower rating until the final scene. But the surprisingly successful ending cannot totally reverse the downward spiral of this film.
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I was looking forward to this. Good cast, nicely filmed, big old house. Perfect, I thought. Wrong. Flat flat flat dull dull dull. The main character was lifeless, and not in a way that helped the plot. There were inconsistencies that just made the plot fail. periodic and unnecessary bouts of nudity. What was with that woman having some kind of sexual fit after playing the violin? Also the children's accents changed from English to American half way through the movie. Complete waste of time...and I usually have a lot of patience for these types of films, even when they are badly done.
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I thought the movie was pretty good, not the best but it had it's moments. It's not really scary like you think it would be but rather it a movie the you have to look deeper into. Perhaps it's not for people who can't analyze a movie.

As for Leelee's performance, I've always liked her as an actress, perhaps she couldn't mesh with the other actors. I still think she did a good job.

Overall, I'd say you could at least give the movie a try. If you don't like it, then maybe this genre isn't for you.
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When I saw the previews for this movie, I was really excited about the premise and the main actress who I recognized from Glass House. But the characters and the plot severely disappointed. I love horror/thriller movies but this didn’t get any rise out of me. The “jumpy” parts were predictable and I found it hard to even finish. I would wait until this becomes available for free on Amazon Prime.
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The viciously negative reviews of this film are way off the mark. All the comparisons to the James novel smack more of "literary snobbery" than of honest analysis. The director freely admits it's an "adaptation" of the original story, and that he won't be held captive by such comparisons. Take the movie on its own merits and you'll find it fascinating and thought provoking. As for the sneering references in these reviews to weaknesses in the script, the editing, the music and the acting--quite wrong, and probably designed simply to show off the authors' supposed prowess. The reviews fail; the movie succeeds. (And, as for the frequent semi-nudity, it really does serve the story!)
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It is weird as to why they would hire someone to look after the kids when Ms. Grose is there 24/7. Honestly I will not knock on Leelee's performance because the script itself is questionable more than the actress'.

I did not expect Ms. Grose to be a lesbian it was a twist. Also since when do people complain about a girls showing too much of nothing? Leelee wore some skintastic outfits which revealed her lovely body, however she still remained covered which should satisfy both type of audiences.

The description made the movie seem more interesting than what it really was. I stil enjoyed it, Leelee's performance wasn't all that great to carry the film, but her looks did it for me. She tried the best she could considering the script she had.
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This take on Henry James' classic TURN OF THE SCREW pales in comparison to 1961's THE INNOCENTS which featured an astounding performance from the late Deborah Kerr. This update lacks the sense of doom of that version, and LeeLee Sobieski is far from Kerr's league.
This version brings the story into modern times and features the requisite lesbian love scene, which in my opinion, is turning up too much in our modern horror movies. There also isn't enough focus on the children's relationship with Quint and Miss Jessel and the ending lacks the dynamic impact of the INNOCENTS. Remaining still is the question: are there really ghosts or is the governess just batty? Stick to the INNOCENTS--it's a far better ghost story.
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