Ian McEwan s spare and unsettling first novel has become a remarkably sensitive and eerily beautiful film. In a situation reminiscent of Cocteau s Les Enfants Terribles, four recently orphaned children live in a house in the middle of nowhere and create their own alternative lifestyle, hoping that the authorities won t find their mother s concrete-buried corpse and split them up by taking them into care. The youngest withdraw into their own private worlds of diary-scribbling and cross-dressing, while teenagers Jack and Julie begin a hesitant sexual relationship, driven by curiosity but hindered by immaturity. Stanley Kubrick s former assistant Andrew Birkin specialised in adapting complex novels: he also wrote the screenplays for The Name of the Rose and Perfume. His only feature won Best Director at Berlin, and he added an incestuous frisson of his own by casting his son and niece (his sister Jane s daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg) as two of the siblings.
Feature commentary, Additional scenes with commentary by Andrew Birkin, Alice Coulthard screen test, Andrew Robertson screen test, Alternative poster designs, Introduction to the film by Andrew Birkin, Andrew Robertson, Alice Coulthard and Ned Birkin, Bernd Lepel's Shooting Album: Images
Release Date: 23 June 2008
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 158 minutes
Production Year: 1992
Main Language: English