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The Dark (2005)

In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago - and bears a startling resemblance to Sarah.

Director:

John Fawcett

Writers:

Simon Maginn (novel), Stephen Massicotte (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Maria Bello ... Adèlle
Sean Bean ... James
Maurice Roëves ... Dafydd
Sophie Stuckey Sophie Stuckey ... Sarah
Abigail Stone Abigail Stone ... Ebrill
Richard Elfyn ... Rowan
Casper Harvey Casper Harvey ... Young Dafydd
Eluned Jones Eluned Jones ... Doctor
Gwenyth Petty Gwenyth Petty ... Librarian
Robin Griffith Robin Griffith ... Police Inspector
Mike Keggen Mike Keggen ... Rib Skipper
Tonya Smith ... Main Stumblehead Martyr
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While in Wales visiting her husband James, Adèlle tries to fix her relationship with her teenager daughter Sarah. They see a weird memorial without the plate and with the name "Annwyn" marked, and the local Dafydd explains that this would be the place where people go after dying in accordance with the Welsh mythology. Later, Sarah vanishes on the beach and the daughter of the local fanatic shepherd, Ebrill, who died fifty years ago, appears in her place. Adele makes a research trying to find how to rescue her daughter from Annway. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One of the living for one of the dead.


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Rated R for some violent/disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Isle Of Man | UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

26 January 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La oscuridad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£265,084 (United Kingdom), 9 April 2006, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The concept of "Annwn" (Annwyn) is not made up especially for the film or the book on which it was based. "Annwn" is an underworld or other world found in Welsh legend, a land of the dead. It is said to lay far in the west and could be accessed by the living through a door located at the mouth of the Severn once a year. Surviving from pre-Christian Celtic mythology, it's neither Heaven nor Hell in the Christian sense, humans can enter spiritually or corporeally. This is the first film about Annwn. See more »

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During the water splashing scenes, you can see water on the camera lens. See more »

Quotes

Adèlle: The night Sarah went missing, I saw a girl.
James: You saw a girl?
Adèlle: Yes, out in the yard.
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An alternate ending is included on the USA Region 1 DVD from Sony Pictures. See more »

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THE DARK (John Fawcett, 2005) **1/2
21 August 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I had enjoyed Fawcett's knowing revision of the werewolf myth in GINGER SNAPS (2000), but wasn't really expecting much out of yet another ghost story (which, in recent years, have flooded the horror market from all over the world). Still, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise which, given my initial skepticism, managed to win me over with its intriguing - if highly derivative - plot line, good performances (by all five main actors but especially Maria Bello, in a difficult and rather unsympathetic role, and the two ill-treated girls) and the unfamiliar seaside Welsh setting.

As a matter of fact, the film borrows and mixes together elements from a wide variety of classic and cult horror/fantasy titles - ORPHEUS (1950), DON'T LOOK NOW (1973), THE WICKER MAN (1973) and THE BEYOND (1981) - and even features a Bernard Herrmannesque score! Unfortunately, it becomes confusing towards the end and the final twist feels rather like one too many trips to the well; actually, I much preferred the serene (and more balanced) alternate ending!

Despite some editorial flourishes throughout and the occasional cheap shock, the film's tone is generally low-key and introspective; far removed from the hipness of GINGER SNAPS, it's undeniably a more mature work.


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