The Eclipse
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Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds of Munich) is a depressed widower who teaches shop in the small seaside town of Cobh, in County Cork, Ireland, where he lives with his two children. While he continues to adjust to life without his beloved wife, who died two years earlier, he begins to experience strange, possibly supernatural occurrences connected to his elderly father-in-law, who is close to death in a local nursing home. When Michael volunteers at the town's annual literary festival, he's assigned to look after Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle of High Fidelity). Lena is known for her ghost… More
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"The whole thing would probably have flown apart if not for Hinds, whose character, like a dark star imploding, pulls everything toward him."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"In his quiet house hung with portraits of those who have become ghosts, Michael finally learns to mourn, and we realize that storytelling is how a writer grieves."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"When the ghost story moments are in the forefront, it manages a strong and creepy sense of foreboding. I just wished that would have been the focus from beginning to end."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Quiet, subtle and tocuhing, this drama of a widower is extremely well acted by Hinds and Aidan Quinn"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A solid and occasionally genuinely freaky little effort."
‑ Dominic Corry, Flicks.co.nz
"Quinn, alternately charming and loathsome, is brilliant, as is Hinds, an actor who has elevated everything he's been in."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"The town and surrounding landscapes make a gorgeous setting -- the Irish tourist board will be happy -- but at its heart The Eclipse is a small, contained ghost story about a haunted man learning to exorcise himself."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The Eclipse is wholly, if strangely, cinematic; its dream-like tonal and narrative unpredictability, interspersed with a few completely jarring horror-film moments, make for an experience that will, yes, haunt audiences for a long time to come."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"No, this is not The Eclipse where Monica Vitti and Alain Delon fail to rendezvous on Antonioni's empty street corner."
‑ Dan Callahan, House Next Door
"The way McPherson handles the relationships in the movie is remarkable, in that he doesn't fall prey to a playwright's natural tendency to try put everything into the text."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"McPherson brews a strangely appealing composite, a movie that is mostly character-driven romance but that seasons the proceedings with timely scare-your-pants-off moments of horror."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Hinds has been ready for a role of this size and shape for years; it was simply a matter of finding it, and its finding him."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"When the ghost story moments are in the forefront, the film does manage a strong and creepy sense of foreboding."
‑ Kevin Carr, Film School Rejects
"The story is thin, but it has a kind of easy Irish charm."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Blends romance, drama and supernatural horror into a truly original, thoroughly unforgettable concoction."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
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