Directed by Alejandro Amenábar (Spain, United States, France, and Italy, 2001, 104 mins.).
Chilean Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes) directed this gothic tale of a World War II–era mother (a simmering Nicole Kidman) obsessed with keeping her light-sensitive children shrouded in darkness at her remote country manor. The arrival of three new servants punctures her insular world and disturbs the balance between the living and the dead. Amenábar’s dark, velvety interior scenes are shot through with searing moments of sunlight or lamplight, creating an almost violent contrast that mirrors the heroine’s mental state. Newly restored by the Criterion Collection in 4K resolution, this stately ghost story is both elegant and thrilling.