In a Dark Place
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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, Annas 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 childrens souls of darkness, with terrifying consequences for all concerned.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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It was very interesting, and the acting was great. But it was not scary to me.Published 18 days ago by Joseph R Falsone
I loved this movie. Sobieski did a great job as usual. She's gorgious :-)Published 9 months ago by Patrick Fulcher
My items arrived early and in the promised conditions. I would definitely do business with this company again. Great job.Published on August 16, 2012 by Chava Zaner
I am a fan of most "Turn of the Screw," related works. I am normally a fan of Leelee Sobieski's movies. Not so this time. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Laura Wright
I'm a fan of Leelee Sobieski. But even her acting skills couldn't save this snoozing loser.
Fair cinematography, good start-up story. Downhill from there on. Read more
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