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The Eternal (1998)

Trance (original title)
R | | Horror | 24 July 1999 (Japan)
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An alcoholic American couple travel to Ireland with their son so he can meet his grandmother but they walk in on their crazed uncle who is in the midst of reviving a centuries-old Druid witch.

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Michael Almereyda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel O'Rourke Rachel O'Rourke ... Alice
Lois Smith ... Mrs. Ferriter
Alison Elliott ... Nora / Niamh
Jared Harris ... Jim
Sinead Dolan Sinead Dolan ... Nora's Mother
Raina Feig Raina Feig ... Young Nora
Jason Miller ... The Doctor
Jeffrey Goldschrafe Jeffrey Goldschrafe ... Jim, Jr.
Paula Malcomson ... Bartender
Paul Ferriter Paul Ferriter ... Joe / Niamh's Iron Age Lover
Christopher Walken ... Uncle Bill Ferriter
Niamh Dolan Niamh Dolan ... Iron Age Niamh
David Geary David Geary ... Nora's Father
Karl Geary ... Sean
Mark Geary ... Anlo
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Storyline

As with Almereyda's previous films, this one deals with a gothic subject in a modern context. Lushly filmed it concerns an alcoholic womans return to her Irish roots, only to turn into a film about a woman whose soul is desired by a 1000 year old witch. Written by Anonymous

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Evil sleeps, but never dies.

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Eternal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Walken worked on this film for only one week. See more »

Goofs

When the girl cuts her throat near the end, the wound is clearly already there before she slices it. Additionally, she does not slice it directly where the wound is. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice: In the beginning of the world, the earth and the sky were one creature, and it was the hardest thing to tear them apart. They loved each other so much. And that's why it rains. Because the earth and the sky are always trying to get back together. Mrs. Ferriter told me that, after my mother died, a long time ago, before I met Nora and Jim.
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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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My Head Becomes the Sky
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"You're going to "Ireland" to dry out?"
2 January 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Beautiful looking and sedately handled, but immensely muddled independent art house horror feature by writer / director Michael Almereyda. Kind of similar in style to his film "Najda" four years earlier, which I don't think so highly of (other than the excellent soundtrack that accompanied it).

Nora and Jim (who are alcoholics) along with their son leave America and head to Ireland to visit Nora's grandmother. Despite the advice of their doctor not to go, as Nora one night with Jim got on the drink and she ended up falling down some stairs leaving her with a minor concussion. When getting there, she meets her uncle where he takes her down the basement to show her a decomposed body which he believes to a centuries old druid witch. Could this be the connections to the headaches and visions plaguing Nora's mind, as she'll find out when the witch is revived.

"Trance" is a touch better, but still engulfed by similar problems and nonetheless keeps the same positives. Again this atypically brooding fable is not for everyone, but it managed to hold my attention and I found the direction less concerned with its distracting artsy mechanics (than say in "Nadja")… although they're still evident. There are some delirious images, consisting of jaded visions rocking the main protagonist's mind. These stylised passages hold a certain arresting, if haunting charge. However this is when it's not in its nauseating head spin of mangled ideas. While the plot has a slight structure and little narrative drive, it's stretched out by its unfocused fabricated episodic developments with its dry, upfront and moody trimmings. Every one of these characters / including the witch / monster of the piece are damaged, but still humane vessels in the search of something to make them complete. Secrets are buried, to only be awoken.

It's messy and meanders, but strangely alluring like caught in a drunken, abstract state. I put it down to the performances. A breathtaking Alison Elliot (in dual roles) and narky Jared Harris acquit themselves to their lead roles. Lois Smith holds strong. Christopher Walken looking rather weary goes about things in a sober, but underlining twisted manner. Also Jason Millar's inclusion is merely a throwaway cameo with an amusing line. Almereyda's slickly calculative direction is switched on, making good use of the lush backdrop consisting of a stunning beach line and the Gothic interiors of mansion that the enclosed action mostly takes place in. Intimate photography is sharply engineered and well-intended. The brilliant soundtrack is notable with it tunes (that are perfect choices), and the music score is clinically alienating but whimsical in flight.


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