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.

OK, that'd be great.

- So we will just go up, and...

- Thanks.

- Hello.

- Hi.

These tend to go pretty quick.

You know, Manhattan is so expensive,

and this is practically in Manhattan.

- I mean, it's five minutes away.

- Yucky. This is yucky.

It is yucky down here, which is why we are

repainting all these lobbies this summer.

And I think they're replacing all the doors, if

I am not mistaken. It will make it a lot brighter.

This is Mr. Veeck.

He is the super for building C.


Mr. Veeck,

can you say hello?

- Hello.

- This is... What's your name?

- Dahlia. This is Ceci.

- I am sorry. Dahlia and Ceci.

Uh... Mr. Veeck lives in 1A.

He's been here for 20 years.

He will fix anything

that goes wrong.

- Oh, that's good.

- Which is a big savings,

because he does it for free.

There's also a doorman on duty

from four to midnight here,

so you don't have to worry about

coming in late. And that is the lobby.

Mr. Veeck, if the Bernsteins show up,

just send them right up to 9F.

- OK.

- 9F.


OK, so,

we will just head up here.

- Did you take the Tram?

- Yeah.

- Oh, you did. Did you like that?

- Yeah.

You get to do that every day

when you live in this building.

Oh, yeah. There's the camera.

Say hi. Mr. Veeck is watching us.

I am going to take you up to nine. Almost our

top floor. I call it the lower penthouse level.


You get some city views up there.

A little cut off, but you can still

see the city lights, at night.

Oh, you know,

we're two blocks from the school,

which is one of the best

in the city.

Yeah, I was just reading that.

- Isn't that great?

- No.

I don't like it here, Mommy. I want to...

Ceci, please.

- Sorry, Mommy.

- That's OK.

It's OK.

You're going to love it up here.

And they just opened a pizza place on the

island. Do you like pizza? I bet you do.

I like pizza, too.

I like it a little bit too much.

Wait, sweetie.

Don't run. Don't run.

What the...

Get stuck in here, huh?

- Mommy, what happened?

- Sorry. It's all right.

Damn it.

Another puddle.

Sorry about that. I keep telling Mr. Veeck

he's got to mop in there every morning.

You know,

with all this rain we're having,

you can't stop some of it

coming down that elevator shaft.

There's just no way to stop it.

Anyway, here's 9F down here.

The building was built in 1976

by Stern-Jackson and associates,

in the brutalist style.

Um... Now, what they were trying to create,

as you can see, was kind of a little village,

kind of a Utopia, actually,

is what they had in mind.

And some of those ideas

have come together.

Some of their original plans for the place

were a little crazy, if you ask me, actually.


Yeah, I just do that

just in case. It's vacant.

- Come on in.

- Shall I close this?

Yeah. Let me just apologize in advance.

The place is in a little bit of a mess.

Our last tenant

was a little messy,

but we're going to put a fresh new

coat of paint on this whole place.

It's going to brighten it up quite a bit.

Let's take a look at your bedroom, sweetie.

This could be your room

if Mommy wants it to be.

- What do you think? Isn't that great?

- There's no air in here.

Of course there's air in here. If there

wasn't air, we wouldn't be able to breathe.

Uh... That window does not open, but it lets

a lot of natural light in in the afternoons.

- It's really great.

- Strange.

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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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