‘The Others’ is a 2001 Gothic Horror movie, written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar, it is regarded as one of the best horror movies ever made — justifiably so.
If you trust it enough, over the years science has answered many questions about our existence, science has even provided an explanation with a certain degree of surety about our origin. But one question still remains debatable: Where do we go after life? Well, if you are one of those people who believe in everything a science textbook says–then there is nothing after life, it’s just an endless string of darkness. But if you are ready to hear some other opinions on this matter–then things get a lot more interesting, many cultures claim that you are reborn as another human being after death, or as an animal if you didn’t do enough good deeds in your lifetime. Then there’s the traditional religious concept of Hell (the place for the bad) and Heaven (the place for the good)–where you are sent accordingly after death. But between all these possible explanations, the one that fascinates me the most is the concept of Souls and Spirits — you don’t go anywhere after death, you leave your body, but your soul is tied to this earth forever. It doesn’t matter which of these explanations you believe in, but life after death will always be a mystery to our primitive existence.
Finding the answers to these questions isn’t the motive of this article and neither am I intellectually capable of doing so, I’m only setting you up a little. As ‘The Others’ requires a little more than your complete attention to fully grab it because it tries to explain things which are beyond its scope and couldn’t possibly be explained in 104 minutes. ‘The Others’ came out in 2001, a year that is more or less remembered as the year when ‘Lord of the Ring’ started taking over the world, but somewhere a relatively unknown director by the name of Alejandro Amenábar had made a horror masterpiece–which people didn’t really appreciate until much later. It stars Nicole Kidman as Grace, a mother of two kids named Anne(daughter) and Nicholas(son), who are living in this huge mansion–typical of all the palaces we see in Gothic style horror movies. It takes place around 1945— just after the end of world war 2. This is one of those quiet, isolated movies where the locations feel like a character in itself, it doesn’t speak but has a lot of stories to tell.
Before I get to the ending of ‘The Others’, I’m going to break down the entire plot of this movie. And it is very obvious to say that this article contains heavy spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, I would suggest you go and watch this movie first, and then come back later.
The Three Servants
The movie begins with Grace screaming and waking up from a terrible nightmare. With the first shot of this incredibly large mansion, you can immediately sense isolation and loneliness. Three servants named Bertha Mills, Lydia and Mr. Edmund Tuttle show up at the house and grace think that they have come in response to an advertisement that she gave in the newspaper regarding a vacancy for servants. Bertha is a very elderly woman and does most of the talking on the servant’s behalf, Mr. Tuttle is the Gardner and Lydia is a mute. Grace quickly explains the three rules of the house. No phones or radio as it sets off her migraine, the previous door has to be locked before a new one is opened and all the windows have to be covered with curtains all the time.