Dark Water



                       I can't be her mother...I don't know how to be myself!          


When “Dark Water” opens, we see a young girl standing outside after school in the rain, waiting for her mother, who has yet to show up.

Flash forward to 2005, we see a grown up Dahlia in the midst of a bitter mediation with her ex-husband, Kyle, over sharing custody of their daughter, Cecilia. Kyle wants Ceci to live closer to his apartment in Jersey City so the joint-custody agreement would be easier, but Dahlia wants to move to Roosevelt Island, where she has found a good school for Cecilia. Kyle threatens to sue for full custody because he feels the distance to see his daughter is too great. He claims that Dahlia is an unfit mother due to the fact that she was abused by her father and abandoned by her mother at a young age. He also claims that Dahlia is mentally unstable and suffers from debilitating migraines, though Dahlia insists the migraines are not severe.

Dahlia and Cecilia see an apartment in a complex on the island, which is just a couple blocks from Cecilia's new school. The janitor of the apartment building is Mr. Veeck, who is charged with the general maintenance of the building's many lacking features. Ceci sneaks up onto the roof where she finds a hello Kitty book bag near the water tank. The bag is left with Mr. Veeck who promises Cecilia that she can have it if no one claims it in a week. Cecilia, who has disliked the apartment from the moment she arrived, now wants desperately to live there. Dahlia agrees and they move in.....

Shortly after moving in, the ceiling in the bedroom begins to leak dark water. The source is the apartment above, 10F, where a family, the Rimskys, lived up until a month ago. At one point, Dahlia enters 10F and finds the place flooded, with dark water flowing from every faucet in the apartment and from the walls and toilet. Dahlia finds a family portrait of the former tenants. There is a mother, father, and young girl who looks about Ceci's age. Dahlia complains about the water, and things become even more strange for Dahlia when she has dreams of a little girl who appears to be Ceci returning from a visit to her father's home, but the girl's appearance changes everytime Dahlia looks away from her in the dream, so that she looks like the young girl in the portrait in 10F.

Cecilia has started school, but according to her new teacher, she isn’t fitting in with the class and is spending too much time with an imaginary friend, named Natasha. A psychologist is recommended, but Dahlia refuses and tells Cecilia to ignore Natasha. This is made more difficult when the Hello Kitty book bag, which Mr. Veeck said was claimed but was actually thrown in the garbage, ends up in Cecilia’s hands after finding it in the elevator. The name in the book bag is “Natasha Rimsky”. The ceiling, shoddily patched up by Mr. Veeck, begins to leak heavily. At school, Cecilia appears to get into a fight with Natasha and passes out in the girls’ bathroom after dark water starts pouring from the toilets....but fatheris on hand to take her home.

Dahlia breaks down when she can’t find her daughter and begins having strange dreams. These lead her back onto the roof and onto the water tank. She looks inside and finds Natasha’s body in there. When the police arrive, it is discovered that there was a grave miscommunication between the Rimskys; the father thought that Natasha was with her mother while the mother thought the girl was with her father. The father was an alcoholic who was known for always shouting, and the mother was no better. The mother left because she didn't feel she could care for Natasha, and the father left soon afterwards, somehow under the impression that Natasha was with her mother. The girl was left alone in the abandoned apartment and stumbled into the water tank, which Mr. Veeck had left open. He was aware of her body and that was why he refused to fix the water problem plaguing the complex....

Dahlia agrees to move closer to Kyle so the shared custody will go easier. As Dahlia is packing, Cecilia is taking a bath. A girl in a bathrobe comes out of the bathroom, wanting to read with Dahlia. Dahlia begins reading, but when she hears voices in the bathroom, she realizes that the girl in the bathrobe is Natasha. She begs Dahlia not to leave her, however Dahlia rushes into the bathroom to save Cecilia. Natasha then locks Ceci in the bathtub and begins to drown her. Dahlia pleads with Natasha, promising to be her mother forever.....what will Natasha do?????











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Directed by Walter Salles
Produced by Doug Davison
Ashley Kramer
Roy Lee
Written by Hideo Nakata
Starring Jennifer Connelly
John C. Reilly
Pete Postlethwaite
Tim Roth
Camryn Manheim
Ariel Gade
Dougray Scott
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) 2005
Running time 105 Minutes
Language English
Budget $30 million


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