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The characters, actors and chemistry between them are all hypnotizing - as is the cinematography. However, big reveals and 180 turns mid-movie are only effective when you've dropped hints and given the viewer a chance to become suspicious of the setup and story. This movie just completely changes its mind midway. The ending is simply not set up well at all. But I would watch it again, purely for the actors. They are all amazing.
Despite a promising beginning and a solid art direction, this conventional ghost story never goes beyond its clearly derivative narrative - which, among many deficiencies, tries to be clever with a lame (and unnecessary) twist but is only convoluted and obvious.
A pretty good ghost story up until the first twist. It was a good surprise, but then there were a few more that felt unnecessary. It could have been 20 minutes shorter with a satisfying ending but it tried to do too much.
Beautiful setting and atmosphere. Florence is an incredibly likeable lead character - intelligent, strong-willed, and with good emotional depth that becomes more evident as time passes. She made this film compelling even in more slowly paced scenes. This isn't a terrifying movie, but it is pleasantly spooky and the fairly slow build had a great and thrilling payoff.
I'm not so sure that the plot twist works beyond the moment it's delivered, but this is an elegant haunted house tale that harkens back to the classics, like Lewis Allen's THE UNINVITED and Peter Medak's THE CHANGELING.
This is also a very complex portrait of a woman struggling with control. She's trapped by fear and unbelief, and in the end we don't get closure, but we're happy that she did.