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Hon Ping Tang,
Either you make decisions or life makes them for you. For an ex-con struggling to go straight, the temptation of money, women and power prove too much, especially when his best friend promises him an easy heist.
Samuel Le Bihan,
Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turning into a nightmare.Written by
David Carroll <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Director Bernard Rose recalled in an interview that Charlotte Burke got really freaked out shooting the nightmare scenes with Anna's father terrorising Anna and Marc. There's a moment where actor Ben Cross smashes through the window with a hammer, and they had deliberately not told Burke that this was going to happen. Her screams of terror are real. She had no idea that the glass wasn't real, and was sugar-glass. She reportedly told Rose "How dare you!" in anger later on, when she was in her dressing room later on. She didn't like the surprises, and said she was worried something might happen like an explosion going off that she didn't know about to get a reaction caught on film. See more »
When Anna is lying in bed, the boom mic visible in top center of screen. See more »
A great film this, and a shame that it will receive little attention outside of arthouse circles and students who stay up until two in the morning to watch it on Channel Four.
The plot is a simple one but works very effectively, the blurring between child-like fantasy and hard-hitting nightmare is very well blurred. The budget looks pretty low, but to the credit of those involved it doesn't show too often. It also hasn't dated that much either.
I was lucky enough to tape this off the telly when it was on a few years ago, and it has withstood half-a-dozen viewings. It's one of those films that won't appeal to all; though as usual, those with a more thoughtful approach to cinema would get a lot out of this.
Charlotte Buerke puts in a good performance as Anna, the spoilt brat and it is a shame she seems to have gone from the acting scene. Cross is also very good, carrying the stature of his character very well within the context of the picture.
There are some genuinely (and I don't say that lightly) disturbing moments in this film, both half-second shockers and more drawn-out tensions. Watch it with the lights out!
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