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THE ECLIPSE

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:   89 minutes, making-of featurette, HDNet fetaurette

VIDEO:  2.00:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1, 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  Spanish, English Close Captioning

 

STUDIO:   Magnolia Home Entertainment/ Irish Film Board/ Broadcasting Commission of Ireland/ Treasure Entertainment

RELEASE DATE:  6-29-2010

 

THE ECLIPSE is about Michael Farr (Cairan Hinds), a teacher, who is raising his kids alone since his wife died from cancer two years ago.   He volunteers to help at a literary festival that his small Irish town is holding.    He has been hearing and seeing strange things at night.  He is assigned to drive around author Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle), the writer of a book about ghost encounters called The Eclipse.  He bonds with her and opens about his experiences.  Meanwhile, Lena is distracted by another author, Nichola Holden (Aidan Quinn), with whom she had a brief affair.   Their lives converge with each other and change each of their lives.   

 

THE ECLIPSE is a film about love, fear of the unknown, and learning to deal with grief (when you don’t want to let go).    It is an interesting film as it doesn’t fall into the usual things that happen in many ghost movies.  It stays grounded and focuses on the lives of the three main characters during the course of a few days.    It is low key when it is about what Michael experiences and makes the moments when ghosts appear more powerful.  Cairan Hinds sells the grief that Michael is holding onto and how the things he sees is unsettling him.   Aidan Quinn makes us believe he is a pompus author while Iben Hjejle plays Lena as a character that Michael may have a future with.

 

SPECIAL FETAURES:

The almost 30 minute MAKING OF THE ECLISPE has interviews with cast and crew as they talk about the film and the making-of it in addition to mentioning the script was 72 pages (and the first cut was three hours long).   HDNET: A LOOK AT THE ECLIPSE is a 4 minute promotional fluff featurette.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   THE ECLIPSE keeps the ghost stuff low key while making the smart move to keep the characters grounded and focuses on their lives.   This movie isn’t for you if you’re looking for a Hollywood ghost story.  If you want to see a character drama, you may want to see THE ECLIPSE for what the actors bring to the characters.

 

This DVD review is 6-25-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com