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Dorothy [Blu-ray]

Carice van Houten , Jenn Murray , Agnès Merlet    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Carice van Houten, Jenn Murray, David Wilmot, Ger Ryan, David Ganly
  • Directors: Agnès Merlet
  • Writers: Agnès Merlet, Juliette Sales
  • Producers: Eric Jehelmann, James Flynn, Jean-Luc Ormières, Jérôme Lateur, Louise Curran
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037Z95XS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,400 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

French director Agnes Merlet helms this chilling psychological thriller set in rural Ireland. When Dublin-based psychiatrist Jane van Dopp (Carice Van Houten) is assigned to the case of Dorothy Mills (Jenn Murray), a disturbed teenager accused of strangling a baby, she travels to Dorothy's remote island home to diagnose and treat her. As she unravels the dark complexities of Dorothy's multiple personality disorder, Jane is forced to confront the tragedies of her own past.

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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play.

Following the accidental death of her son, Jane Morton, a bereaved psychiatrist from Dublin, is assigned to work on the case of Dorothy Mills, a teenage girl accused of attempted infanticide.

Jane diagnoses that Dorothy has multiple personality disorder, but when Dorothy appears to speak with the voice of Jane's dead son, events take a dark and sinister turn.


  • Actors Carice van Houten, Jenn Murray, David Wilmot, Ger Ryan, David Ganly, Gary Lewis, Rynagh O'Grady, Joe Hanley, Gavin O'Connor, Charlene McKenna, Louise Lewis & Ned Dennehy
  • Director Agnès Merlet
  • Certificate 15 years and over
  • Year 2008
  • Languages English
  • Duration 1 hour and 38 minutes (approx)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shades of the Wicker Man 12 Dec 2011
This film definitely has shades of the original Wicker Man with its theme of an outsider coming to a remote island community that has dark secrets. A psychiatrist who is herself suffering from the loss of her own child takes a job on an island in Eire where a girl has been caught abusing a baby in her care. From the moment she arrives on the island things start to go wrong when she nearly dies in a car crash. As she investigates Dorothy she uncovers what appears to be a case of multiple personality disorder but as her investigation progresses things become ever more sinister as the tale twists and turns.
Unlike the psychiatrists in Hollywood thrillers who get involved in murder cases this lady; played by the very attractive Dutch actress Carice van Houten, is completely believable and never oversteps the realistic boundaries of her role. However the prize has to go to Jenn Murray who plays Dorothy for the superb way she portrays each of her personalities ranging from the sweet childlike Mimi to the menacing Duncan where she makes herself look almost masculine with her aggression. The only other face likely to be familiar to UK viewers is the pastor played by Gary Lewis, last seen in the series 'Merlin'.
This is an excellent slow burning thriller with many twists and turns right to the very end and well worth watching.
Although most of the scenery is cold and sombre it transfers beautifully to blu-ray.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Dorothy is filmed in a a rural island setting off Ireland, where the locals are most unwelcoming to the female psychiatrist sent there on the mission of treating the little girl Dorothy. The storyline very much centres itself around Dorothy played by the wonderful Jenn Murray, and her relationship with this psychiatrist played by the equally impressive Carice van Houten. Very early on it is apparent the islanders appear to hold Dorothy in some special regard and it's not until the ending that the viewer can appreciate why this is. Dorothy is clearly troubled and one wonders whether she is possessed or is she a little girl with a multiple personality or personalities or is it something else?

I found the film engrossing from the very start and didn't find it as dull as some have suggested for the first part of the film where the scene is set and the viewer gains an insight into the issues that are troubling young Dorothy. I found it engrossing and you will find that everything is tied quite succintly together at the end.

I can understand comparisons with Case 39 and even the Uninvited however I would view it as superior to both. Comparisons with The Exorcist are slightly misleading as that one very much revolved around frights whilst Dorothy is a film more based upon the mindset and strange activity of a little girl but without the horror or frights that the The Exorcist created so well.

If you enjoy films that portray interesting personality disorders with a nicely crafted ending you'll like Dorothy. Give it a try, the lead actress and the main supporting actress put in terrific performances. You'll enjoy it from start to finish and you will watch it more than once- always the sign of a good film!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent movie 6 April 2014
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Format:Amazon Instant Video
Best film of this genre I have seen in years. Great twists in the plot, but also very moving. Great cast and the portrayal of Dorothy was superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtfulness and poignancy over horror 24 Jun 2012
I do wish sometimes that the marketing department would tone down their methods. To compare Dorothy to The Exorcist (as per front cover) does the film a disservice. Dorothy has no connection whatsoever with evil spirits causing harm for harm's sake. What you get is a complex film which demands the viewers' attention throughout; there's a great deal that only makes sense towards the end.

Tis always a joy to see truly decent British or Irish films that offer something different. Superficially Dorothy has a rousing score at times with a panoramic cinematography which capture the bleak and wild beauty of Ireland. Beyond that the acting is all top notch depicting an insular and deeply religious community with secrets to hide.

As per the blub, Dorothy is caught in the act of harming a young child. Our lady the pyschiatrist is sent to the island to make an assessment before she's tried in court whilst Dorothy maintains she didn't do it.

In a sense, I think comparisons (though obvious) with the Wicker Man also does it injustice as there's far more to it than straightforward paganism against theism (or, in this case, religion against science). In any event, it's a race against time for our intrepid psychiatrist to uncover the truth before Dorothy is brought to court. The mission isn't helped by the island's locals whom wish to see her leave for conflicting reasons.

Can our lady get to the bottom of the mystery in time? What secrets are the locals hiding? Is Dorothy lying all along?

Definitely a film worth watching; it's not a horror by any stretch of the imagination though it will get thinking long after the credits roll.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 24 Mar 2012
A great film that i'd recommend to anyone who likes a film with a shocking ending. Watched it quite a few times and have enjoyed it each time, and absolutely amazing acting from jen murray!(: (if you like this i'd recommend the uninvited and the ring1+2)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Disappointing
This was described as a modern day "Excorsist",the person or anyone who thinks that,really should watch the film or watch it again if its been a while & pay heavy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SCREEN77
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric slow burner.
Firstly, its not the exorcist. If you go in expecting to be scared you may be disappointed. Its more of a supernatural mystery. Good performances all round. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. A. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed
Different from your average movie, I can think of a big Holywood movie this reminded me off but somehow this is simpler and more involving. Really enjoyed. Give it a shot.
Published 1 month ago by Andie
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
good story and great acting. it keeps you on the edge, waiting to know more of the truth behind dorothy
Published 2 months ago by nikki
4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, powerful and clear storyline.
Who compared this to "The Exorcist"?! Nothing like it.

Great acting, powerful and clear storyline. And makes me want to stay in a city. Forever.
Published 2 months ago by Damien Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT. A rare 10/10!
I can't fault this film. A great dramatic thriller (not really horror) in every aspect.
The soundtrack, visuals, location, superb performances and interesting plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pallus the Phallus
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps You Guessing
Much better than expected. Keeps you interested without giving away what's actually happening. Girl playing Dorothy does well. Intriguing, I enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly oppressive ghost story
Despite Carice Van Houten's dodgy accent, this was a amazing film with a wonderful performance by Jenn Murray as Dorothy. Is she possessed? Does she have multiple personalities? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching...
An interesting story with plenty of plot twists and mystery to keep you interested. Plot was a little transparent in places but it made for good watching. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Ej Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This was a terrific film. The actress who played Dorothy was tremendous, but all the cast played their part in what was a real tense film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ricoh
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