Mia Wasikowska plays a dark-natured loner whose father dies just before her 18th birthday. It’s only then that she learns of her uncle’s existence. He’s handsome and charming, but she can’t quite figure him out; neither can we, at first, but it doesn’t take long to discern that he’s up to no good. The girl’s mother, played by Nicole Kidman, is of little help: she’s reclusive, sullen and sexually frustrated. These talented actors, and several others in minor supporting roles, give the film their all, but to no avail.
One has to give credit to director Park for his orchestration of these elements and his ability to create and sustain a mood. But I couldn’t wait for Stoker to come to a close.
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