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The Little Stranger

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Well-made gothic noir has scares, bloody scenes.

Movie R 2018 111 minutes
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Adapted from a novel by Sarah Waters, this gothic noir is well made, with eerie camera moves and cuts, but it also seems stuck in an air of tastefulness; it never manages to get the blood flowing. Written by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) and directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Room), The Little Stranger could have been a fun, prickly story of ghostly happenings, but its makers seem to shy away from any elements that would turn it into a horror movie. It's a movie that would much rather be taken quite seriously.

Gleeson plays his role stiffly, perhaps trying to capture a sense of class differences but also covering up Faraday's feelings of unease or passion. Scenes between him and Wilson could have been emotionally complex, with more push-and-pull, but they largely come across as numb. And because the story is told through Faraday's visiting point of view, the movie seems constructed in blocky chunks. Yet Abrahamson's setups and cutting are often expertly chosen, and he does create truly fluid moments of unease, as well as a mind-bender of an ending.

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