After the death of her ill mother in a fire, teenager Anna tries to commit suicide and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. 10 months later, she still can't remember what happened the night her mother dies, but her psychiatrist, Dr. Silberling, discharges her, telling her that she has resolved her issues. Her father Steven, a successful author, brings her back home to their isolated mansion near the coast, where Anna finds that her mother's former nurse, Rachel Summers, is her stepmother now. Anna is happier to see her beloved sister Alex, who is swimming in the sea. Alex and Anna decide to look for evidence to prove that Rachel murdered their mother, as they investigate the fire in the boathouse.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Written by Jim Oxborrow and John Etkin-Bell
Performed by Smallwhitelight
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After the death of her ill mother in a dreadful fire followed by an explosion in the boat house where she was living, the young teenager Anna (Emily Browning) tries to commit suicide cutting her wrists and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. Ten months later, Anna still has a blackout about what had happened in that night but her psychiatric Dr. Silberling (Dean Paul Gibson) discharges her telling that she has resolved her issues. Her father and successful writer Steven (David Strathairn) brings her back home in an isolated mansion nearby the coast and Anna finds that the former nurse of her mother, Rachel Summers (Elizabeth Banks), is her stepmother now. Anna meets her beloved sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel) swimming in the sea and she discovers that Steven has not delivered the letters and CDs that Alex had sent to her. Along the days, Anna is haunted by ghosts and she believes that Rachel killed her mother. Alex and she decide to look for evidences to prove that Rachel is a greedy murderer and Anna discovers the truth about the fire in the boat house.
I usually hate remakes, but "The Uninvited" is a great remake of the excellent but confused "Janghwa, Hongryeon" (a.k.a. "The Tale of the Two Sisters"). I liked to see in the Extras of the DVD the interview with the writers of the screenplay, producers and directors Charles and Thomas Guard since they have been very honest in their words recognizing the merits of the original Asian movie that was the base of their script. Further, they had the skill of using the original storyline with an intriguing supernatural and non-complicated plot and an excellent plot point that provides a satisfactory explanation for the events that triggered the whole process in Anna's mind. I do not recall seeing the sweet Emily Browning in another movie, but she proves that she is an excellent actress, participating in practically every scene and giving credibility to Anna. The efficient David Strathairn and Elizabeth Banks and the also unknown Arielle Kebbel have also great performances in this highly recommended supernatural feature. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Mistério das Duas Irmãs" ("The Mystery of the Two Sisters")
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