Lady in the Water

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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

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Studio Warner
SKU 203368028
UPC 012569763760
UPC 14 00012569763760
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Fantasy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note M. 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.
Reviews
New York Times "Mr. Shyamalan has a nice way with actors, a fine eye and an actual vision of the world." 07/21/2006 p.E22
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Zooming in, Giamatti and Howard are technically perfect..." 09/01/2006 p.33
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hanks to superb performances, it's pretty engrossing. Howard draws you right in, there's no way not to empathize with Giamatti..." 09/01/2006 p.208
Sight and Sound "One of Shyamalan's admirable traits is that he never just homages earlier work, but always thoroughly overhauls his sources. There are traces in LADY IN THE WATER of TWILIGHT ZONE writer Rod Serling's tales..." 10/01/2006 p.65
Directors
M. Night Shyamalan
Actors
Bryce Dallas Howard
Paul Giamatti
Cast & Crew
Barbara Tulliver - Editor
Bob Balaban - Actor
Bryce Dallas Howard - Actor
Christopher Doyle - Cinematographer
Cindy Cheung - Actor
Freddy Rodriguez - Actor
James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Jeffrey Wright - Actor
Joseph D. Reitman - Actor
M. Night Shyamalan - Director
M. Night Shyamalan - Writer
Mary Beth Hurt - Actor
Paul Giamatti - Actor
Sam Mercer, et. al. - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 76376
UPC 00012569763760
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review Although Shyamalan indicates in the storybook-style animated opening sequence that the story is derived from ancient myth, his perplexing creation stimulates a nagging sense that he's simply making it up as he goes along. (This is apparently the case, as the production notes say the idea "began as an impromptu bedtime story for his two young daughters.")...If Shyamalan's earlier works hinged on a clever twist or big surprise (think "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable," and, less successfully, "The Village"), "Lady" telegraphs its intentions from the outset...Tech credits similarly fail to impress, including the fleetingly glimpsed creature effects, which, given the marginal level of suspense, hardly seem to justify a PG-13 rating.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "Lady in the Water," written, directed and co-produced by M. Night Shyamalan, has the strengths and weaknesses of a one-man show. The movie is full of creative and imaginative turns, and Shyamalan finds audacious ways to tell his story. The most audacious thing Shyamalan does is that he mainly tells the story, literally, rather than shows it, starting with an animated sequence that lays out the terms of the tale in the first minutes. That a movie so riddled with relentless plot explanation can work as well as this one does comes as a revelation...With his work beginning to seem as insular as the communities he's imagining, Shyamalan really needs to try directing someone else's screenplay. But Shyamalan does inject some humor into "Lady in the Water, which is something new for him.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Giamatti,Paul
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Desson Thomson, Washington Post If the ultimate goal is entertainment, then Lady in the Water enthusiastically rises to the task.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter ...genuine menace and suspense...
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe ...well made and affectingly acted...

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