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Encyclopedia > Dark Water (2005 film)
Dark Water

original film poster
Directed by Walter Salles
Produced by Doug Davison
Ashley Kramer
Roy Lee
Written by Rafael Yglesias
Koji Suzuki
Starring Jennifer Connelly
John C. Reilly
Pete Postlethwaite
Tim Roth
Camryn Manheim
Ariel Gade
Dougray Scott
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) July 8, 2005 (USA)
Running time 105 min.
Language English
Budget $30 million
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Dark Water is a 2005 American horror film directed by Walter Salles and starring Jennifer Connelly. The film is a remake of the 2002 japanese film of the same name, and also stars John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Perla Haney-Jardine and Ariel Gade. The film is based on the short story Floating Water from the Koji Suzuki horror anthology Honogurai mizu no soko kara. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Walter Salles (2002) Walter Moreira Salles Jr. ... Roy Lee (born 1969) is an Asian American producer who regularly takes well known Asian films and remakes them for American audiences. ... Rafael Yglesias (born May 12, 1954) is an American novelist and screenwriter. ... Kōji Suzuki (born May 13, 1957) is a Japanese writer currently lives in Tokyo. ... Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former child model. ... John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Peter William Postlethwaite OBE (born February 7, 1945)[1] is an English actor. ... Tim Roth (born 14 May 1961 as Timothy Simon Smith) is an English film actor and director. ... Camryn Manheim Camryn Manheim (born Debra Frances Manheim on March 8, 1961, in Caldwell, New Jersey), is an American actress who is best known for her role as attorney Ellenor Frutt on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Ariel Gade Ariel Gade (born May 1, 1997 in San Jose, California) is a child actress. ... Dougray Scott (born Stephen Scott on November 25, 1965) is a Scottish television and film actor best known in America for playing Ian Hainsworth in Desperate Housewives. ... Angelo Badalamenti (born March 22, 1937) is a composer, best known for his movie soundtrack work for movie director David Lynch, most notably Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks saga (1991-1992) and Mulholland Dr.. // He was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Sicilian mother and an Italian father and... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... 1922s Nosferatu Films from the horror genre are designed to elicit fright, fear, terror, disgust or horror from viewers. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Walter Salles (2002) Walter Moreira Salles Jr. ... Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former child model. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... Dark Water is a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, who is better known as the director of Ringu and Ringu 2, and based on a work by Koji Suzuki. ... John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Tim Roth (born 14 May 1961 as Timothy Simon Smith) is an English film actor and director. ... Perla Haney-Jardine as B.B. in Kill Bill Vol. ... Ariel Gade Ariel Gade (born May 1, 1997 in San Jose, California) is a child actress. ... Dark Water is the English title of a book by Koji Suzuki, originally published in Japan as Honogurai mizu no soko kara (Kanji: 仄暗い水の底から; literally, In the Depths of Dark Water). ... Kōji Suzuki (born May 13, 1957) is a Japanese writer currently lives in Tokyo. ... Dark Water is the English title of a book by Koji Suzuki, originally published in Japan as Honogurai mizu no soko kara (Kanji: 仄暗い水の底から; literally, In the Depths of Dark Water). ...


The film was released on July 8, 2005 in the USA and grossed over $50 million worldwide. is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Plot

When “Dark Water” opens, we see a young girl standing outside after school in the rain, waiting for her mother, who has yet to show up.


Flash forward to 2005, we see a grown up Dahlia in the midst of a bitter mediation with her ex-husband, Kyle, over sharing custody of their daughter, Cecilia, also known as Ceci. Kyle wants Ceci to live closer to his apartment in Jersey City so the joint-custody agreement would be easier, but Dahlia wants to move to Roosevelt Island, where she has found a good school for Cecilia. Kyle threatens to sue for full custody because he feels the distance to see his daughter is too great. He claims that Dahlia is an unfit mother due to the fact that she was abused by her father and abandoned by her mother at a young age. He also claims that Dahlia is mentally unstable and suffers from debilitating migraines, though Dahlia insists the migraines are not severe. Dahlia shouts that Kyle doesn't even remember Ceci's birthday and that he doesn't even like playing with her. Main Street on Roosevelt Island Roosevelt Island, formerly known as Welfare Island, and before that Blackwells Island, is a narrow island in the East River of New York City. ...


Dahlia and Cecilia see an apartment in a complex on Roosevelt Island, which is just a couple blocks from Cecilia's new school. The super of the apartment building is Mr. Veeck, who is charged with the general maintenance of the building's many lacking features. The manager, Mr. Murray, uses questionable tactics in order to rent the substandard and undersized apartment. During the tour, Ceci sneaks up onto the roof where she finds a Hello Kitty backpack near a large water tank. They leave the bag with Mr. Veeck who promises Cecilia that she can have it if no one claims it in a week. Cecilia, who has disliked the apartment from the moment she arrived, now wants desperately to live there. Dahlia agrees and they move in. Main Street on Roosevelt Island Roosevelt Island, formerly known as Welfare Island, and before that Blackwells Island, is a narrow island in the East River of New York City. ... Hello Kitty by Sanrio. ...


Shortly after moving in, the ceiling in the bedroom begins to leak dark water. The source is the apartment above, 10F, where a family, the Rimskys, lived up until a month ago. Since then, two teens have reportedly been vandalizing the apartment. At one point, Dahlia enters 10F and finds the place flooded, with dark water flowing from every faucet in the apartment and from the walls and toilet. Dahlia finds a family portrait of the former tenants. There is a mother, father, and young girl who looks about Ceci's age. Dahlia complains to both Mr. Veeck and Mr. Murray about the water, but the former does little about it despite the insistence of the latter. Things become even more strange for Dahlia when she has dreams of a little girl who appears to be Ceci returning from a visit to her father's home, but the girl's appearance changes every time Dahlia looks away from her in the dream, so that she looks like the young girl in the portrait in 10F.


Cecilia has started school, but according to her new teacher, she isn’t fitting in with the class and is spending too much time with an imaginary friend, named Natasha. A psychologist is recommended, but Dahlia refuses and tells Cecilia to ignore Natasha. This is made more difficult when Dahlia discovers the Hello Kitty backpack in the laundry room's garbage, although Mr. Veeck had said it was claimed. Dahlia leaves it in the garbage, but Cecilia finds it--in the elevator. The name in the backpack reads “Natasha Rimsky”.


The ceiling, shoddily patched up by Mr. Veeck, begins to leak again, but more heavily than before. At school, Cecilia appears to get into a fight with Natasha, who appears to control Cecilia's hand while painting. She's taken to the girls’ bathroom where she passes out after dark water starts gushing from the toilets and sinks--Natasha's way of confronting Cecilia. Dahlia, who is meeting with her lawyer, can’t be reached at work, so Kyle picks her up from the hospital and takes her to his apartment without telling Dahlia.


Dahlia breaks down when she can’t find her daughter and begins having strange dreams. These lead her back onto the roof and up the ladder of the water tank. She looks inside and finds Natasha’s body in there. When the police arrive, they discover that there was a grave miscommunication between the Rimskys; the father thought that Natasha was with her mother while the mother thought the girl was with her father. The father was an alcoholic who was known for always shouting, and the mother was no better. The mother left because she didn't feel she could care for Natasha, and the father left soon afterward, somehow under the impression that Natasha was with her mother. The girl was left alone in the abandoned apartment and fell into the water tank, which Mr. Veeck had left open. He was aware of her body, which was why he refused to fix the water problem plaguing the complex. Mr. Veeck was arrested and Mr. Murray was questioned.


Dahlia agrees to move closer to Kyle so the shared custody will go easier. As Dahlia is packing, Cecilia is taking a bath. A girl in a hooded bathrobe comes out of the bathroom, wanting to read with Dahlia. Dahlia begins reading, but when she hears voices in the bathroom, she realizes that the girl in the bathrobe is Natasha. Natasha begs Dahlia not to leave her, but Dahlia rushes into the bathroom to save Cecilia. Natasha then locks Ceci in the bathtub (which has a shatterproof panel instead of a curtain) and holds her underwater. Dahlia pleads with Natasha, promising to be her mother forever. Natasha lets Cecilia go and floods the apartment, causing Dahlia to drown and fulfill her promise. Her ghost and that of Natasha then walk down the hallway.


Kyle picks up the traumatized Cecilia from the police station, and weeks later, the two go back to pick up the rest of her stuff. Cecilia has a flashback of her and her mother looking at pictures together, and in the elevator, her mother’s ghost braids her hair and comforts her--telling her she will always be there. Kyle, momentarily horrified with a malfunction in the elevator, the weird behavior of his daughter, and perhaps noticing her hair had been braided while in the elevator, finally takes her away to his own apartment in Jersey City. The skyline of Jersey City, as seen from Lower New York Bay. ...


Differences Between Japanese And U.S

  • In the first half of the movie, the viewer is led to believe that Dalia is the little girl in the flashbacks.
  • In the Japanese version, Yoshimi (the mother) dies with Mitsuko (Natasha in the US version) in the elevator, while it's in the bathroom of the US version. This provides more a explanation as Natasha would kill Cecilia if Dalia didn't promise to be the girl's mother, while in the Japanese version she just seems to be trapped in the elevator.
  • At the end of the Japanese version, Ikuko (Cecilia in the US version) returns to the apartment room as a teenager and sees her mother, while in the US version she encounters her in the elevator 3 weeks later.
  • Mr. Kamiya (Mr. Veck) in the Japanese version is not arrested and is a much minor character (although he probably did know of Mitsuko's death in the water tank since the cleaning log's last date was the day she disappeared).
  • The suspicious teenage boys are not in the Japanese version.
  • Mitsuko's face is not as clearly seen as Natasha's, and wears a yellow raincoat, as opposed to Natasha's red dress.

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DVD

DVD Cover for the Unrated Edition of Dark Water

Dark Water is available on DVD, in two releases. One release is in pan and scan full screen and includes the theatrical cut, which is PG-13 and runs 107 minutes. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x713, 120 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x713, 120 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A 2. ...


The other is in widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1) and includes an Unrated cut, which is actually shorter than the theatrical cut and runs at 103 minutes. The inner box (green) is the format used in most pre-1952 films and pre-widescreen television. ... The aspect ratio of an image is its displayed width divided by its height (usually expressed as x:y or x×y, with the joining colon or multiplication symbol articulated as the preposition by or sometimes to). Currently, the most popular standard ratios are the anamorphic (2. ...


External links


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The film's theme of a drowned innocent child transmorgrifying into a malevolent spiritual force is almost identical to that of Ringu - although the immediate cause of death in this case is accidental.
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