Dark Water – Filtered

Theatrical Release: July 8, 2005
DVD Release: December 26, 2005
Dark Water – Filtered


Dahlia Williams (Jennifer Connelly) is starting a new life; newly separated with a new job and a new apartment, she’s determined to put her relationship with her estranged husband behind her and devote herself to raising her daughter, Ceci. But when the strained separation disintegrates into a bitter custody battle, her situation takes a turn for the worse. Her new apartment – dilapidated, cramped, and worn – seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, leaving her to wonder who is behind the endless mind games. As Dahlia frantically searches for the links between the riddles, the dark water seems to close around her. But one thing trumps all others in Dahlia’s world: no matter what it is that’s out there, nothing is going to harm her little girl.

Dove Review

“Dark water” is the story of a mother and daughter’s interaction with the ghost of a young girl from upstairs. After the parents of young Ceci start the divorce process she and her mother move to a new apartment where they begin to experience strange encounters with flooding, faucets, and fixtures. The ghost of a young girl is attributed with these occurrences throughout and images of “dark water” are used to illustrate the unnerving nature of this poltergeist. The film’s thematic and formal elements such as story, cinematography, and acting are all done well and there is an absolute lack of the guns, bombs and nudity inherent in most films today. All this having been said, the story is still based around death and its divorce theme in concert work with each other to make this one a twelve and up film. There are a few scenes involving the death of an individual by drowning, and there is talk of alcohol, but it certainly isn’t anything positive.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: A girl is almost drowned, and her mother does drown, but the death isn't shown openly and is implied by the next scene.
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: A girl is almost drowned, and her mother does drown, but the death isn't shown openly and is implied by the next scene.
Drugs: A woman is assumed to be sick from drinking too much, but no alcohol consumption is shown.
Nudity: None
Other: Supernatural elements throughout film. The theme of the film is finding out why the little girl is haunting them, and there is death evident in the portrayal of this.


Company: Touchstone Pictures
Writer: Kôji Suzuki (novel), Hideo Nakata (screenplay)
Director: Walter Salles
Producer: Doug Davison
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 105 min.
Reviewer: Nick Lavelle