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Rated R · 111 minutes · 2018

Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Adapted from a novel by Sarah Waters, this tony British ghost story aspires to the quiet psychological horror of such Val Lewton classics as I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and The Curse of the Cat People (1944) but ends up feeling cold and stiff. A country doctor (Domhnall Gleeson) becomes involved with an aristocratic family in social decline in the late 1940s. Something spooky haunts the family's manor, while dark memories of social exclusion haunt the doctor (he never knew his father, and his mother was a maid). This metaphorical similarity inspires a certain sympathy between the characters, if never quite toward them. Director Lenny Abrahamson (Room) doesn’t bring anything to the story beyond superficial good taste; similarly, the players are technically impressive but fail to make any significant emotional impact. With Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling.
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Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Producer: Gail Egan, Andrea Calderwood, Ed Guiney, Cameron McCracken, Daniel Battsek, Andrew Lowe and Tim O'Shea
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling, Will Poulter, Liv Hill, Oliver Zetterström, Kate Phillips, Dixie Egerickx, Josh Dylan and Anna Madeley

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