This is by far my favorite movie from an otherwise dreadful summer of disappointing movies. It’s superb. If you haven’t seen it, please don’t miss your chance. As the first American film from Chan-wook Park (director of the amazing “Oldboy”), this film is a little toned down from the typical amount of mind-twisting craziness that he usually gives us. This isn’t a bad thing, it leads to deep characters and a rich world that feels like a dollhouse for real people.
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closest bloodline. Cinematically beautiful, this is a must watch.