Treasure Entertainment

Ciarán Hinds, Iben Hjejle, Aidan Quinn, Dorothy Cotter, Eanna Hardwicke, Hannah Lynch, Jim Norton

The Eclipse is a ghost story that is a romance that is a mystery that is a story of grief.  This is another Netflix “Watch Instantly” film, and it’s an Irish film.  It’s a very deep story with well developed characters.   The biggest trouble I had was the fact that they whisper and mumble throughout the start, and many people give up after the first 10 minutes since it’s very hard to hear, especially if you’re not used to the very lovely Irish accent throughout.  The views are spectacular, and for spookiness, it has a lot going for it.   Michael is a recent widower, living with his 2 children.   He is not doing too well with the grief process.  He picks up an interest in ghost stories and becomes convinced something supernatural is happening in his house.  He meets a couple authors at a literary festival and forms a bond that changes everyone. 

There are some real shocks at the least expected times.  This starts to move the pointer toward the horror side, but most of the time is spent in developing the characters and their relationships.  Everyone is seeing ghosts.  Some are afraid, some are curious, some are obscessed. 

Warning:  This is not a teen slasher flick.  It’s deep and develops slowly.  The first 10 minutes or so are so quiet, and the characters talk so softly that you have to be patient and get past that part.  But in a while you get pulled in.  Is it real?  Is it a dream?   Or is someone just a little nuts?   And near the end, there is one of the funniest fight scenes since Borat!



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