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Dorothy 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars (80) IMDb 6.1/10

Psychiatrist Jane is summoned to an Irish island to investigate the case of a teenager who strangled a young girl. Jane diagnoses her as suffering from multiple personality disorder. But the pastor at the local church thinks she's possessed by the devil and believes an exorcism is the cure not therapy.

Starring:
Carice van Houten, Jean Murray
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Agnes Merlet
Starring Carice van Houten, Jean Murray
Supporting actors David Wilmot, Ger Ryan
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
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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By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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A female psychiatrist who has recently lost her son goes to an Irish island to investigate a case of child abuse by a young babysitter called Dorothy.This is a great supernatural film.Dorothy seems to have multiple personalities which control her,but has strange events begin to occur she begins to realise that Dorothy is as much a victim herself,and that the past will not remain hidden. Good story,very well cast,highly recommended.
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I really enjoyed this film. It had a good deep meaning and wasn't your usual horror film. It was the kind of film you could believe and the acting and effects were very good. The young girl who played Dorothy was great - she really depicted the split personality characters in herself very well. I also find it quite a moving film with a sad ending but I won't tell you too much - find out for yourself and see this film +++++++++++++++
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By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2011
Format: DVD
My Thoughts: For a low budget film that claimed to be nothing more than a thriller, I found myself to be pleasantly surprised by this little gem. It goes back to basics, no need for special effects, witty dialogue and gore. This is a simple psychological horror more than a thriller. The mood is set perfectly on a dismal (perhaps fictional?) island in Ireland that gives off an intense sense reminiscent of "The Wicker Man" (original version) with a story that is vaguely touching the mirrors of "The Sixth Sense" and "Case 39" (but in a slightly more twisted way). The characters are well drawn but not too interesting, the dialogue is realistic and straightforward, forgoing the usual eloquence and wit of your usual main characters in this type of genre.

As low budget as this was, I was delighted and intrigued by the film, and will definitely be recommending it to all fans of the psychological horror genres.

The Story: Jane van Dopp, a psychiatrist still reeling from her young son's death is sent to a remote island in Ireland to treat Dorothy Mills, an unusual teenaged girl who has been recently registered to the sex offenders list after she was caught molesting a baby she was being paid to sit.

At first the case seems simple, as Dorothy is odd in comparison to regular teenaged girls with her albino blonde hair, wide grey eyes and odd childish sense of dress. As Jane delves into Dorothy's case she begins to uncover what she believes may be an extreme case of multiple personality disorder. But as time goes on, Jane finds herself haunted by strange music from the room above where no-one lives, and the odd revelations of Dorothy's personalities leave her struggling to stay sane.
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