The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger
  • 2018
  • Ireland / UK / France
  • 1h 51min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
  • Cast: Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter
  • UK release: 21 September 2018

Dr Faraday (Gleeson) returns to Hundreds Hall, which he knew as a boy, to help care for the war-wounded family son (Poulter), but there seems to be a supernatural presence. Gleeson gives a career-best turn as the haunted Faraday but while it’s laudably subtle it’s also narratively inert.

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2018 | 111 mins | Dir: Lenny Abrahamson | Cast includes Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling | Cert: 12A

From director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank) The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor.

During the long hot summer of 1948, Faraday is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family's story is about to become entwined with his own.

★★★★ The Guardian

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The Little Stranger

17 Sep 20183 stars

Career-best work from Domhnall Gleeson powers this convention-defying take on the ghost story

Things go bump in the night but not quite as frequently as you might expect in this resolutely restrained, convention-defying take on the ghost story which weaves toxic masculinity into its prim 1940s setting. Based on the Booker-shortlisted novel by…

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