Director: Alejandro Amenábar Writer: Alejandro Amenábar Release Date: 2 nd November 2001 Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated) Runtime: 101 min
Nicole Kidman as Grace Stewart Alakina Mann as Anne Stewart, Grace's daughter James Bentley as Nicholas Stewart, Grace's son and Anne's younger brother Fionnula Flanagan as Bertha Mills, the new housekeeper Eric Sykes as Edmund Tuttle, the new gardener Elaine Cassidy as Lydia, the new maid Christopher Eccleston as Charles Stewart, Grace's husband, who went into the war years earlier
A woman named Grace retires with her two children to a mansion on Jersey, towards the end of the Second World War, where she's waiting for her husband to come back from battle. The children have a disease which means they cannot be touched by direct sunlight without being hurt in some way. They will live alone there with oppressive, strange and almost religious rules, until she needs to hire a group of servants for them. Their arrival will accidentally begin to break the rules with unexpected consequences.