THE ECLIPSE tells the story of Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds), a teacher raising his two kids alone since his wife died two years earlier. Lately he has been seeing and hearing strange things late at night in his house. He isn't sure if he is simply having terrifying nightmares or if his house is haunted.
Each year, the seaside town where Michael lives hosts an international literary festival, attracting writers from all over the world. Michael works as a volunteer for the festival and is assigned the attractive Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle), an author of books about ghosts and the supernatural, to look after. They become friendly and he eagerly tells her of his experiences. For the first time he has met someone who can accept the reality of what has been happening to him.
However, Lena’s attention is pulled elsewhere. She has come to the festival at the bidding of world-renowned novelist Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn), with whom she had a brief affair the previous year. He has fallen in love with Lena and is going through a turbulent time, eager to leave his wife to be with her. But all Lena is trying to do is extricate herself from this mess and just get through the next few days.
As the festival progresses, the trajectories of these three people draw them into a life-altering collision.
Embellished by the supernatural, THE ECLIPSE is a film about the challenges of love, fear of the unknown and release from the burden of grief.
Directed by Conor McPherson
Screenplay by Conor McPherson and Billy Roche
Based on “Tales from Rainwater Pond” by Billy Roche
Produced by Robert Walpole
Co-Producers Donal Geraghty
Executive Producers Paddy McDonald
Director of Photography Ivan McCollough
Film Editor Emer Reynolds
Production Designer Mark Geraghty
Costume Designer Consolata Boyle
Music by Fionnuala Ní Chiosáin
Casting Gail Stevens
Ciarán Hinds Michael Farr
Aidan Quinn Nicholas Holden
Iben Hjejle Lena Morelle
Jim Norton Malachy McNeill
Eanna Hardwicke Thomas Farr
Hannah Lynch Sarah Farr
“A smart, scary, spine-tinglingly matter-of-fact ghost story.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“It’s the kind of movie you might need a push to see but will be happy you did. Consider yourself pushed.” – John Anderson, NY Times
“***1/2 CONOR McPHERSON HAS CRAFTED A FILM EVERY BIT AS AFFECTING AND HAUNTING AS HIS PLAYS.” – Jake Coyle, AP
“A quite lovely drama that honors the conventions of gothic ghost stories without the slightest stain of self-irony.” - Joe Morgenstern, Wall St. Journal
“AGREEABLY MELANCHOLY, SPOOKY AND ROMANTIC . ‘The Eclipse’ finds plenty of heartfelt gravity in its tale of love lost and found.” – Robert Abele, LA Times
“WELL WORTH SEEING. An auspicious filmmaking debut that balances disparate elements with great skill.” – Lou Lumenick, NY Post
“’THE ECLIPSE’ RETURNS THE ROMANCE GENRE TO THE WORLD OF REAL ADULTS.” – Steve Dollar, Paste
“A GEM. A lovely tale of grief, love and moving on. It lives and breathes through Ciaron Hinds’ marvellously understated, but full-bodied performance.” – Marshall Fine, Huffington Post
“A SPECIAL, MAGICAL, NEARLY PERFECT MOVIE THAT SHOULD NOT BE MISSED.” – Mark Rifkin, This Week in New York
Conor McPherson delivers a beautiful, even believable ghost drama that enraptures on many levels”
- Doris Toumarkine, film journal international
"A film of seductive grace and humor – Quinn and Hinds are brilliant”
- John Anderson, Variety
“The Eclipse is a keeper."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“McPherson’s eerie story has the amazing dual effect of being both sweetly moving and really creepy” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“THE ECLIPSE IS A RARITY. It works wondrously well as both a straight drama and a very frightening ghost story.” – Abbie Bernstein, IF Magazine
“CHARMING. The wonderful Ciaran Hinds has rarely been better.” – Wade Major, Box Office