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A Film by M. Night Shyamalan.
|Building superintedent clevelend heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she's actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenents to protect her from creatures that want to keep her here|
"...genuine menace and suspense... Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
"...well made and affectingly acted... Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
Editor's NoteM. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, THE VILLAGE) continues his mission to revive the ancient art of storytelling--which he has diagnosed as a dying art--melding aspects of the fantastic with the mundane, and bringing to life a mythology of his own concoction. Paul Giamatti (SIDEWAYS) is Cleveland Heep, the depressed caretaker of an apartment complex in suburban Philadelphia called the Cove--a location from which the film virtually never strays. He tends the homes of a host of loveable eccentrics, including Jeffrey Wright (SYRIANA) as a single dad, Sarita Choudhury (SHE HATE ME) and the director himself as brother-and-sister roommates, Bob Balaban as a cynical film critic, and Cindy Cheung as a college girl Cleveland befriends. When Cleveland is pulled from the pool by a mysterious young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard, THE VILLAGE) after a nasty bump on the head, he quickly discovers her true identity as a narf, one of an ancient race of water beings whose attempts at communication with humans have long ago ceased. As Cleveland attempts to return her to her world, uncovering the intricacies of the story from which she emerged and protecting her from the beasts that seek to thwart her, she helps him and many of the other residents find their true purpose in life, reaffirming the meaning it holds for them. Though the tale borders on overpopulation with many thinly drawn characters, and Shyamalan's own role is overtly reflective of the ego he is so often accused of, the tale manages to stimulate the imagination nonetheless. It achieves this by invoking universally affecting elements of myth and magic, and mesmerizing viewers with stunning photography by Wong Kar-Wai (CHUNGKING EXPRESS) regular Christopher Doyle.
Lady in the Water - DVD
By: Edward Perkis Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 1/18/2007 11:19 PM
|Although expanded to feature-film length, the core story still comes across as something flimsy and half-formed, as though it was being made up on the fly by someone nightly in their daughter's bedroom. Plot holes and barely understood characters are the rule of the day and try as he might, Shyamalan the director can't make a go of what Shyamalan the writer has given him....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Bryce Dallas Howard|
|Joseph D. Reitman|
|Mary Beth Hurt|
|Barbara Tulliver - Editor|
|Christopher Doyle - Cinematographer|
|James Newton Howard - Original Music By|
|M. Night Shyamalan - Director|
|M. Night Shyamalan - Writer|
|Sam Mercer, et. al. - Producer|