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½ March 17, 2013
Tem algumas falhas em seu roteiro, mas a atuação de Edith Evans faz de The Whisperers uma experiencia fascinante, além de dar diversos prêmios a idosa atriz - que merecia o Oscar.
Super Reviewer
½ August 23, 2012
grim, spooky, depressing as all hell yet utterly fantastic. dame edith should've won an oscar
February 27, 2011
An intriguing, slow paced look into the life of the elderly. The Whisperers tells the story of an impoverished old woman living alone in a seedy apartment who enjoys a rich fantasy life as an heiress. When she discovers stolen money hidden by her son, she believes her fantasy has come true.

Writes one critic:

"It's a pity this film isn't better known. It deserves a bigger audience. The superb work of photographer Gerry Turpin and Director Bryan Forbes made this bleak story all the better with just the right amount of closeups and odd-angle shots, and some striking film noir-like light and shadows. This would be a stunner in high-definition.

Then, of course, you have the wonderful acting by Edith Evans, who plays the central character, "Mrs. Ross." Some think she got robbed out of the Oscar the year this was eligible, and they may be right."

NOTES about the film:

1 Lead actress Dame Edith Evans was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and won the BAFTA Award, the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 17th Berlin International Film Festival, the National Board of Review award, the New York Film Critics Circle award, and the Golden Globe Award all for Best Actress.

2 The title refers to the creatures a very poor, old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies.

Directed by Bryan Forbes:

Whistle Down the Wind (1961) The L-Shaped Room (1962) Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) King Rat (1965) The Wrong Box (1966) The Whisperers (1967) Deadfall (1968) The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

1970s The Raging Moon (1971) The Stepford Wives (1975) The Slipper and the Rose (1976) International Velvet (1978)

1980s Better Late Than Never (1982) The Naked Face (1984)

Written by Robert Nicolson and Bryan Forbes

Edith Evans - Mrs. Ross
Nanette Newman - The Girl Upstairs
Harry Baird - The Man Upstairs
Jack Austin - Police Sergeant
Gerald Sim - Mr. Conrad
Lionel Gamlin - Mr. Conrad's Colleague
Glen Farmer - 1st Redeemer
Oliver MacGreevy - 2nd Redeemer
Ronald Fraser - Charlie Ross
Kenneth Griffith - Mr. Weaver
Avis Bunnage - Mrs. Noonan
John Orchard - Grogan
Peter Thompson - Publican
Sarah Forbes - Mrs. Ross When Young
Penny Spencer - Mavis Noonan

Cinematography Gerry Turpin
Editing by Anthony Harvey
Release date(s) 24 August 1967

Running time 105 minutes
Country United Kingdom
½ February 26, 2011
Very slow & very sad. You just want to kill the husband & son.
July 7, 2010
It's able to apply some leverage to most stiffness it encounters.
½ April 11, 2010
Effective performance at the center doesn't make up for the plot mechanics that extend the film to deal with issues that don't relate to the themes at hand (namely, this one woman's loneliness and paranoia).
February 26, 2010
sad but well acted and engaging
February 13, 2010
For once i am not sure what to type lol.
December 13, 2009
Forbes' social drama is a great statement on society executed with precision.
½ June 25, 2009
Sad, somber study of Margaret Ross, a 76 year old British woman, knee deep in senility, living alone in a bleak working class neighbourhood somewhere in the thick grey gloom of rural UK. She imagines that the dripping faucets are voices speaking to her, as she fantasizes about being a very important person of wealth and privilege.

Shot on misty, overcast days, "The Whisperers" is all artful and bleak - as exteriors look like lonely places fit only for dying. Camera moves are minimal, though effective and the cutting and angles are chosen to emphasize the grotesque nature and dishonesty of characters.

A more bleak portrayal of a given society you'd be hard pressed to find, as the old woman is cruelly mistreated by her son, husband and strangers alike. The performances are all excellent - soaked with the stink of cruelty and well advanced heart rot.

A quiet, restrained character study which manages to convince us that losing touch with reality is not always such a bad thing.
½ December 23, 2008
Only occasionally does a director reject conventional plots and melodramatic adventures in order to give us all of the depth of common human life. "The Whisperers" could have been another. Still, it is well worth seeing exactly as it is because of the superb performance by Dame Edith.
Super Reviewer
September 8, 2008
nominated for best picture by NBR and nominated for best foreign film at the golden globes
½ November 16, 2007
A 1960`s classic featuring a sublime performance from {Dame} Edith Evans, though it is Eric Portman who finally steals the show acting wise.
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