Tuesday, October 01, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Day 1 - Movie 2

The Eclipse (2009) is a movie that had fallen through the cracks with me and I have Mike Mignola to thank for steering me towards it. CiarĂ¡n Hinds stars as a recently widowed father, woodworking teacher, and staff member of the local literature and arts festival in Cobh, Ireland. He's also being visited by apparitions. During the course of the festival, he befriends Lena (Iben Hjejle) an author of ghosts stories that come from her own personal experiences as he tries to figure out what's happening to him.

This is less of a horror movie than an exploration of adult themes of loneliness and various types of relationships with the ghostly appearances shockingly forcing their way into the story.  It's a very haunting movie, but it's not a frightening one. It's beautifully filmed and acted and definitely worth watching.

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