Abandoned Loved Ones Float in "Dark Water"
- Thursday, July 07, 2005
More importantly, to the filmmaker’s credit, there is a powerful theme that is reinforced several times … abandonment of a child, divorce, and the long-term effects it has on an adult. Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”) does a masterful job as the troubled mom trying to hold a difficult situation together.
As the clever story progresses, audiences must wonder if the ghosts are real or imagined … friendly, or evil. Will Dahlia conquer her own personal ghosts of the past so she can fight off the ghosts of the present? As believers, we should take notice when the world considers abandonment and divorce – and their long-term effects – to be horrible enough to be a theme for a ghost story.
Finally, good movie “rules of thumb": Don’t leave your child alone too long lest they sing to invisible friends, and don’t put money down on an apartment that oozes. Just a suggestion. ...
AUDIENCE: Teenagers and adults
- Drugs/Alcohol: Main character uses (possibly over-uses) pain medication
- Language/Profanity: One profanity
- Sex/Nudity: None
- Violence: Drowning, drowning attempt
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