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The Little Stranger

If you're sick of summer, Domhnall Gleason helps drag you into to the fall with this moody, dark tale based on the book of the same name. It is appropriately set in a small English town in a large country house that's far from it's stately days. Gleason plays young Dr. Faraday, who has a connection to this home from a single childhood memory. As the wallpaper peels, the story of this memory is doled out as he becomes intertwined with the family that lives there. Class distinctions are secondary for the doctor as he ingratiates himself with the mother, son and daughter of the Ayres clan. The daughter, Ruth Wilson, enjoys the escape Faraday provides, but something is amiss in the house. A child is hurt. Suspicions of paranormal activity are bandied about and the more Faraday is involved, the more the family dissolves. While an air of gothic melancholy broods throughout many long silences and stares (and I mean many), the ending is very much like an art film than your average haunted house story. 

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