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The Others” isn’t just another ghost story. It’s one with great intelligence, suspense and surprise.

During the height of the movie-twist era (thanks, M. Night Shyamalan), “The Others” does go there, but unless you’re a psychic, you won’t know everything that’s going on until director Alejandro Amenabar tells us.

Nicole Kidman brilliantly plays Grace, the mother of two and possible WWII widow. She and her two children are awaiting the return of her husband who has probably died in the war. The children have a rare disease that won’t allow them to be touched by direct sunlight.

As if things aren’t weird enough, three mysterious servants show up at the large, quiet house. Grace gives them work and in turn is treated to a lot of strange events. Is it her sanity? Is the house haunted? Are they servants even human?

Eight years later, I still can’t bring myself to give away the ending. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should watch and find out for yourself. It’s worth it.

“The Others” 2001

Memorable Quote: “Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead.”

Best Scene: Grace (Kidman) goes into her daughter’s room to see the girl has been possessed by an old woman. Or is it just her imagination?

Did you know? Nicole Kidman originally tried to persuade Alejandro Amenabar and the Weinstein brothers to find another actress for the part. Coming off the bright and exuberant “Moulin Rouge!” (2001), the actress was initially reluctant to do a film that explored such dark places.

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