Dark Water (2005, Movie) – 6/10

Dark Water (2005)

Dahlia Williams is undergoing a difficult divorce and has a looming custody battle on her hands for her daughter Cecilia. They move into a new apartment but then Cecilia starts seeing an imaginary friend who may not be quite as imaginary as Dahlia first, erm, imagines. And there’s this gross leak in the ceiling.


Certainly not a creepy horror movie (despite the advertising) but a fairly considered amalgam of relationship breakdown drama and poignant ghost story. Jennifer Connelly distractingly looks to be on the verge of tears and death from starvation throughout, Dougray Scott is automatically hateful and director Walter Salles needed a hair more pace, but Connelly’s actual performance, good stuff from John C. Reilly and Tim Roth and a strong sense for the stress of familial collapse means that Dark Water prevents itself from circling the drain.

This movie contains a sexual swear word, mild swear words and distressing scenes, unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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