There is a literary festival taking place in a village on the Irish coast. Michael Farr(Ciarán Hinds) has volunteered to chauffeur various luminaries to and from the event. As well as pompous author Nicholas Holden(Aiden Quinn), Michael also picks up ghost story writer Lena Morrell(Iben Hjejle), with whom he strikes up a tentative friendship. Providential as well perhaps, as Michael has started to experience horrifying visions of his dead father in law, the only problem being that he is alive and well in a Nursing Home. Can Lena save Michael from the ghosts from his own past?
Although I have seen this film marketed as from the horror genre, it is more a meditation on grief, loss and forgiveness. The superb performance of Ciarán Hinds is the emotional core to the film and he especially sparkles in the scenes with Iben Hjejle. As the majority of the film consists of long, elegaic passages the occasional scary scenes carry quite a punch, no more so than in a truly terrifying car journey at night. I'm just not sure they entirely work within the context of this film, as they do seem to have been lifted from another film. On the other hand, the chills could be great examples of the unusual encroaching on the ordinary.
A couple of other questions do arise. Who exactly is looking after Farr's children whilst he whisks these authors round the countryside, and would you put your father in law in a Home where they haven't paid the electric bill, but these are minor quibbles, as 'The Eclipse' is very different, and should be celebrated for that if nothing else. Superb music score too.
Excellent picture and sound quality, no real extras to be found on this release. 4 out of 5 for the excellent film, as I just felt it was lacking that special finishing touch.