Dark Water

Synopsis: Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a rundown apartment on New York's Roosevelt Island. She is currently in the midst of divorce proceedings and the apartment, though near an excellent school for her daughter, is all she can afford. From the time she arrives, there are mysterious occurrences and there is a constant drip from the ceiling in the only bedroom. There are also noises coming from the apartment directly above hers, though it would appear to be vacant. Is the apartment haunted or is there a simpler explanation?
Director(s): Walter Salles
Production: Buena Vista
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Dahlia, let's go inside now.

She will come soon,

but let's go inside now.

What are we going to do,


What are we going to do

about your mother always being so late?

- Hi.

- Hi.

Did you ring?

It's not 11.

You didn't ring.

Good. You're early.

You can come right in.

- You have been subletting?

- Right.

When my construction company moved

to New York, the rents were out of sight,

so we only took

a one-year lease.

And when my wife

asked me to leave,

I got a small one-bedroom

in Jersey City that's cheap.

- How much?

- 800.

Where will Cecilia sleep then?

There's a pullout couch in the living room,

so when she comes to stay with me,

I will sleep there.

I can't afford two bedrooms.

How about you, Dahlia? We need to know

what your situation is going to be.

Any luck in finding a suitable place

for you and Cecilia?

- I am looking at apartments today.

- Where?

- Where?

- I told you, I am moving to Jersey City.

There's a school there, it's great. And

there's plenty of cheap places to rent, so...

You got an apartment near me, it would

make the shared custody easier.

Why do you want her, Kyle?

- What do you mean, "Why do I want her?"

- You were never interested in her before.

- What?

- You know, he forgot her fifth birthday.

- No. No, I didn't.

- No?

No, I didn't. The plane was stuck

on the tarmac, and we didn't have a gate.

I told you a million times,

the phones didn't work.

No one believes you, because everyone

knows what you were doing.

- "Everyone"? No, you. Only you.

- OK.

You see? She's crazy.

You live in a world of your own.

I make one mistake,

and I don't care about Ceci?

- You don't like playing with her.

- You're insane. You're insane.

Be honest with yourself. You can't raise

Ceci alone. You can't handle it.

Just be honest with yourself.

Isn't it funny

how small the cars look?

- Yeah.

- If you look at them from up here.

Fit them between your fingers,

if you squint.


Oh, look.

There's a tram.

And that's where we're going,

Roosevelt Island.

Mommy, that's not the city.

Sure it is.

Just a different part of the city.

No, that's the city over there.

That's not the city.

- She's right.

- Mm-hm.

Here we are.

It is chilly, though, isn't it?

Are you cold?

Yeah, a little bit.

Yeah? Hey, look,

that's where you'd go to school.

I don't want

to go to school here.

Why not?

It's too small.

Oh, I see.


- You know, I got your snack for you.

- You do?

Yeah. Are you hungry now?

Do you want it now?

- Maybe I will wait.

- OK.

Let's just check.

Let's see.


That way.


It's nice here.

It's like a small town.

I like the big city better.

Why didn't we rent that last place?

That was really nice.

It was. It was too expensive for us, honey.

We need something that's a better price.

But I don't want

to live here, Mommy.

Why not, Ceci?

It's all the same.

And it's small. Too small.

"It's too small"?

I think you're too small.

- No, I am not. I am big.

- Small.

- I am big.

- OK, good.

Then are you going to be a big girl,

and give this one a chance?


Because otherwise you know what happens?


My itsy-bitsy muffin. I cover you all up

with jam like this, and then...

And then eat you up.

OK. That's us.

We are a little bit early.

We need...

Oh, golly. Five...

- Hi.

- Hi.

- Are you Mrs. Bernstein?

- No, I am Ms. Williams.

Ah, Ms. Williams. Oh, you're early.

Mr. Murray. We spoke on the phone.

Listen, since the Bernsteins aren't here,

I can show you the apartment now.

You're lucky to get

a jump on them, actually.

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Rafael Yglesias

Rafael Yglesias (born May 12, 1954) is an American novelist and screenwriter best known for the 1993 movie Fearless, which he adapted from his own novel of the same name. more…

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