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This is an adaptation of the classic horror novel by Henry James. A governess, Miss (Jodhi May) is employed by the Master (Colin Firth) to care for his children without disruption or contact from either.  The children appear to be perfect, loving and kind natured. The governess finds a good friend in the housekeeper Mrs Grose (Pam Ferris), I thought she appeared suspicious herself but it turned out I was wrong. The governess’s life seems perfect, the children are clever and she is in charge of the entire estate.

Not knowing the story before hand, I didn’t realise Colin Firth appeared for approx 5 mins. This was really disappointing, so for all the Colin Firth fans you will only get time to blow him a kiss. If you need your Colin Firth Fix, I have posted the first part of the movie (with Colin Firth).


The ghost of Peter Quint (Jason Salkey) begins to appear.  Miss finds out that he is the Master’s former valet, who died under mysterious circumstances and later learns that her predecessor’s death was also mysterious. Miss witnesses the children whispering to each other and she soon becomes increasingly paranoid of what they are talking about or perhaps planning. She learns that the children can see the ghosts and becomes protective of the children as her fear begins to manifest with the ‘ghostly’ encounters.  However, the children oppose her protective behaviour and they soon turn from her. Are the ghosts real or simply the result of the governess’s over-active imagination.  Were the children possessed by spirits? Not sure… but their parts were well acted.

Jodhi May played a good part, but I think that the movie was too short to develop the character and it took a short time for her to begin to become psychotic. I think she is a great actress but unfortunately this role did not do her justice.

Starring: Colin Firth, Jodhi May, Pam Ferris

Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations. I did expect to see more of Colin Firth. Perhaps if his name was not on the cover I may have viewed this movie a little more differently. It is a tragic and depressing story that failed to create a sense of horror or creepiness but did have suspenseful moments.

I Rate it: ♥♥

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