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The Eclipse

  • Rated R

independent, special interest


Michael Farr (Ciaran Hinds), a widowed teacher raising his two kids, has been seeing and hearing strange things late at night.He isn't sure if he is having nightmares or experiencing a haunting. He meets Lena, who is distracted by another man.

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  • Critic Score
    75%
  • Audience Score
    47%

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    75%
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  • Audience

    47%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: An interesting blend of very nicely observed character based drama with some horror movie effects.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Monday, March 29, 2010

Fresh: McPherson has managed a rare hat trick in genre mash-up, fashioning a deeply absorbing movie that balances horror, romance, comedy and observant humanism with surprising finesse.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, April 9, 2010

Fresh: Blends romance, drama and supernatural horror into a truly original, thoroughly unforgettable concoction.

- Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com, Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Cast: Ciarn Hinds, Iben Hjejle, Aidan Quinn, Dorothy Cotter, Eanna Hardwicke, Hannah Lynch, Jim Norton, Hilary O'Shaughnessy Director: Conor McPherson Summary: In this supernatural thriller penned and helmed by award-winning Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Ciarn Hinds stars as a recent widower who begins to sense that a mysterious presence is sharing his house. Iben Hjejle and Aidan Quinn co-star as a pair of novelists whose worlds converge with that of the widower thanks to an international literary festival in Wexford that brings surprising changes to all their lives. My Thoughts: "The atmosphere in this film is quite dark, beautiful, and at times a bit creepy. The film is not a horror flick by no means, and they say its a thriller. I feel it's more of a drama with a splash of supernatural mixed in. I will admit the movie made me jump more then twice. I love a movie that takes you by surprise like this one did me. I thought it would be a bit cheesy like so many other supernatural films are, but I am happy to be wrong. Although the story seems to be told quickly, the film moves in a slow manor, which I think fits the film. Great acting by all. I really enjoyed the story and really felt for the father. His grief near the end was quite sad. The concept of seeing the ghost of a loved one before their death is definitely creepy, and in a sense quite scary. If you believe in that sort of thing. I think it would be horrifying knowing its going to happen before it actually does. I don't think anyone would want to know that. All in all, I found the film to be a nice surprise. I liked that although supernatural things are happening, it didn't over take the film. The only complaint I would have, is that some of the scenes are a bit too dark. But besides that, its well worth the watch."

- LWOODS04, Saturday, August 14, 2010

3 stars

Far be it for me to turn my nose up at a horror movie, but The Eclipse is host to the most distracting attempts to jolt its audience that I've ever seen. It's not that the movie creates a particularly dark atmosphere or even story that might lend some credence to these few macabre twists; they are literally cheap, out of place jump scares meant to remind us that we should be paying attention to the movie during its more introspective moments. The most egregious of these, falling near the end, has the especially unfortunate timing of coming right before its main character's emotional catharsis. Literally seconds before it. It serves as a side-by-side portrait of The Eclipse's greatest weakness: it can't make its good ideas work together. When it's not a poorly told ghost story, it's a tale of finding romance after tragedy and picking up the pieces. At this it does quite well, in part due to the efforts of Ciaran Hinds and Iben Hjejle. They both seem like quiet, observant people, illustrated by Hjejle's reluctant sashaying through the limelight and Hinds' unassuming personality. The moments these two share together are tender and perfectly timed, a truly intimate look into the connection that blossoms between two older wallflowers. Aidan Quinn, as the boorish American novelist who antagonizes the relationship at several turns, encounters more problems both in his performance and in his character. Assessed technically, he's shouty and overblown, and not really in places where the role calls for it. His character, Nicholas Holden, is rotten in ways far too obvious for an otherwise subtle romantic subplot. The Eclipse finds a perfect place for him in a fantastic dinner scene between him and Hjejle about half an hour into the movie. We see him as a pompous try-hard who is nonetheless affected by the moments he's shared with her, a characterization that would have served the movie much better than the bombastic drunk he transforms into within the next hour. (And on that note, given his interpretation of drunkenness, I don't think Quinn has ever been drunk in his life.) The Eclipse is unwound by its unsubtleties. The admirable silence of much of the movie, even while working in tandem with its beautiful if occasionally disorienting shadowy photography, doesn't really tell us as much as the shitty jump scares and the explosive yelling and fighting. It's almost as if Conor McPherson was afraid of making a boring movie and whipstitched in some ersatz conflict. The Eclipse is not boring, but it's sloppy and unfocused, which in light of its strengths makes it simply disappointing.

- ceWEBrity, Monday, August 9, 2010

3 stars

"Then she knew. She knew that she was seeing a ghost, and she realized for perhaps the first time in her life, that she too would die. That her husband would die. And that her children would die. She knew in that moment, that she was looking at reality." The Eclipse is a tough movie to describe. It's an odd Irish mixture of a supernatural thriller and a family drama, that is very slow-paced. The entire movie occurs in a relatively short time frame, and not much appears to "happen", though it really does. Ciaran Hinds stars as a father of two who's recently lost his wife, and is charged with attending to a supernatural fiction writer (Iben Hjejle) who has come to Ireland for a literary festival. He begins to have either dreams or visions of his dead father (who's actually still alive), as he slowly draws closer to the female writer. That's hardly a servicable summary, but this movie is difficult to summarize. As I said, it's slow-paced; but that suits the movie. I never found it dull or boring. I can't really think of anything to compare it to. It's a very adult drama, that deals with death and loneliness without being depressing or sappy. Don't watch it expecting a horror movie, or a typical romance, or...well, the best thing to do would be to not expect anything specific, at all. Watch The Eclipse with a completely open mind. Be assured, though, that it has a lot to offer. It's one of the more "genuine" movies that I've seen in quite a while. Maybe once you've watched it, you can describe it better than I can.

- lewiskendell, Wednesday, June 30, 2010