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Fragile [DVD]

Calista Flockhart , Richard Roxburgh , Lloyd F. Booth Shankley    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena Anaya, Gemma Jones, Yasmin Murphy
  • Directors: Lloyd F. Booth Shankley
  • Producers: Roque Baños, Julio Fernández
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PY51YQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,356 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thriller starring Calista Flockhart. The Mercy Falls Children's Hospital is about to close its doors for good. But the closing process is taking longer than expected - a railroad accident has left the local hospitals without beds. Amy (Flockhart), a young nurse, is sent to help out. But the children are nervous and afraid, because this hospital holds a secret. To discover it and protect the kids, Amy must face up to everything: the rest of the hospital staff who refuse to accept the obvious, her own fears, and the truth.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slings That Go Bump In The Night 29 Mar 2011
By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Isle Of Wight.When night nurse Susan leaves the soon to be closed Mercy Falls Children's Hospital due to illness, she is replaced by Amy Nicholls(Calista Flockhart). There are only eight children left on the ward, the others having been transfered to the Island's main hospital, St James's. Amy soon bonds with a young orphan girl Maggie, who informs her new carer that a 'mechanical girl' called Charlotte is visiting the ward at night. Soon, as the hour of the hospital's closure nears, strange things start to happen at Mercy Falls with children experiencing mysterious fractures, and strange noises being heard at night. Amy decides to find out just who Charlotte is, if she exists at all and what she discovers puts both herself and her charges in terrible danger.....
This superlative supernatural horror is another triumph for Spanish director Jaume Balagueró. Having already made the highly underrated Lovecraftian horror Darkness, and bravely adapting the psychological horror of Ramsey Campbell to the screen with Los sin nombre, an interesting if ultimately flawed production. Balaguero's version of Campbell's The Nameless was in fact his first full length feature. Fragile, a U.K/Spanish co-production was made before Balagueró directed the masterful [Rec] and its sequel.
Fragile succeeds despite being a very slight tale. This is partly due to Balagueró's great visual flair and partly because Fragile tells its story so very well. Okay, the creaky old Hospital with its mysterious abandoned second floor is hardly a unique setting for a ghost story, but it proves very effective as the director provides the audience with some great set pieces and subtle shocks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shattering ghost story 1 Nov 2007
By Dooga
Format:DVD
A chilling and suspenseful flick of a ghost story. Very unique as a film. Beautifully setted, beautifully acted as well. The build up to the climax is very well layed out, and everything is understandable. Very creepy in most places, not the "jumpy" sort, but the slow, suspensful type of creepy. Calista Flockhart is very well casted and acts just to the part. All I can say now is... watch it. And yes, it does keep very well along the lines of being a ghost story, rather than a horror film. Good shot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars May be a future cult classic? 14 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
OK we are not talking about Oscar material but this film is scary in a non-gory, no blood-on-walls, way and is entertaining. If cinema should be fun and a time to suspend belief then this film is great. If you want challenging subject matter or top drawer acting look elsewhere....if you want to be scared and entertained then go for it. Flockhart is fine, the kids are good, Roxborugh is good, Anaya is good.....just don't expect too much. The sound and cinematography are very good and Jaume Balagueró holds it all together well enough....the story ticks along and builds to the final showdown and you begin to feel some empathy and understanding of the characters, but, we never dwell long enough on any one character....and we don't really care how or why they are in the hospital all we want to know is well they ever leave?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mechanical Girl. 20 Oct 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Fragile (AKA: Fragiles) is directed by Juame Balaguero who also co-writes the screenplay with Jordi Galceran. It stars Calista Flockhart, Elena Anaya, Yasmin Murphy, Richard Roxburgh and Colin McFarlane. Music is by Roque Banos and cinematography by Xavi Gimenez.

Mercy Falls Children's Hospital, Isle of White, soon to be closed down and currently only housing the last few child patients and a skeleton crew of staff. It is also home to something else, something sinister up on the second floor...apparently.

Supernatural spooker involving kids in peril, Fragile is quintessentially a ghost story movie for the undemanding like minded film fan looking for chills, jumps and atmosphere abound. Those in search of something new thrown on to the haunted building table are advised to steer clear, for in spite of a somewhat bonkers finale, where hospital apocalypse is the order of the day, this stays safely on the well trodden path.

Yet when done well enough clichés are not a problem, such is the case here. Flockhart's nurse has mental anguish in her past which she inevitably has to exorcise, and naturally she's going to be the heroine in some shape or form, we know this as she's the American come to the Isle of White to work, a new start. However, it's a nicely drawn characterisation that engages when the bond between nurse and one particularly troubled child is fully born.

With the back drop that of a Gothic hospital (exteriors really Bearwood College in Berkshire, England), complete with a closed ward straight out of Session 9, atmosphere is well maintained by Balaguero, and of course whenever there are sick and dying kids involved there's always a deep sadness dripped into film.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fragile Look at the Horror Genre 7 Aug 2007
By Sarah R
Format:DVD
I have never been the biggest fan of gore, blood and films where the centre of it was purely watching a person being tortured. In no way do I faint at the sight of blood, but most "horror/thriller" films, mainly dominated by the American film industry, seem to think that: Blood + Scattered body Parts = A decent horror flick.

Also most actors used for them are ones who use stereotypical reactions, such as screaming hysterically and waving their hands about. In this light, I respect "Fragile" for trying to break the mold and presenting something new. However many other important contributing factors makes this film fall short of expectations.

The story takes place in the Isle of Wight, in a Children's Ward Hospital. A string of unusual occurrences are taking place when children start being deported to other hospitals. Noises are heard from the abandoned 2nd floor and children's bones are breaking when no accident has occurred. A nurse decides to take leave to figure it all out, her replacement, Amy, takes over the night shift when she becomes weary of the mysterious presence too...

If you are more into the obvious kind of fright, such as gruesome scenes and `jumping out of the unknown', this isn't the movie for you, as all the suspense elements are handled subtly and build up as the film progresses. There are quite a few unexpected twists (a welcome edition to the horror genre) and the story progress at a natural speed, rather than rushing through to the 'scary' parts and losing interest from it's audience.

I like the fact that this is a British made movie, even though the main character is American, most UK based films I've see are romance (such as Love Actually).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FRAGILE
THIS IS A VERY GOOD COPY OF THE MOVIE. PICTURE AND THE SOUND PERFECT. I FIND THAT WHEN I GET COPIES THAT COME FROM GERMANY, THEY ARE VERY GOOD COPIES, SO I TELL YOU IF YOU SEE... Read more
Published 1 month ago by PAUL JR.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I've been looking for this movie for years now I finally have it. Top film and a top price to pay fast delivery to
Published 1 month ago by Leanne bell
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid, low budget thriller
Warmed by other positive reviews, I watched this, and like most others, I was pleasantly surprised. Flockhart (complete with Leslie Ash trout pout and Michael Jackson nose) does a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
On the Isle of Wright, Mary Falls Children Hospital is shutting down and moving to St. James...but not just yet. A freak train accident has caused over crowding at St. James. Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i enjoyedevery minute of this film the build up is good and the ending twist was great and a little sad but was well acted and brillient a loved it, it wasent scary but jus good to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars What a good scare!
This one is a good one! The creepy atmosphere in an old hospital-that takes some beating! I have to say that there a few places creepier than an old hospital,but not many! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. M. K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Creepy
This is one of my favourites.A truly creepy film,set in an old hospital on the Isle of White.I bought this by chance and was very glad i did ,it does not disappoint. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by miss marple
4.0 out of 5 stars A rather gothic ghost story
Calista Flockhart does a great job playing Amy, a night nurse starting a new job at a childrens' hospital. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by Camilla Macaulay
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
This film, set in the Isle of Wight, stars a well known american actress and has some genuine moments of creepiness and fear. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good film
i bought this film on the off chance that it looked good and i was not disappointed. i found myself gripped to the tv, brilliant acting and one hell of a twist at the end
Published on 13 Dec 2010 by adamw91
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