Suspense and Tension in The Others
In the film "The Others", there are three scenes, which are
particularly good because they show different types of shots, how the
director controls the audience and various other features. Also
featuring in these scenes is how music along with shots creates
tension in a scene. The director Alejando Ameriabar also has
techniques where he is in control of the audience this is very
powerful in a film like this as it can bring up the rating of the
film. The three scenes, which contain these qualities, are:
The scene where Grace the mother hears a child crying, The scene where
Grace hears the piano playing and The scene where Nicholas the son and
Anne the daughter climb out of the bedroom window and reveal the
In this scene where Grace the mother hears a child crying Mrs Mills
talks to Grace about Lydia the dumb house girl, and about her history
of being dumb, Mrs Mills stops minutes into the conversation and
leaves to check on Mr Tuttle. This makes the audience want to know
what actually happened to her. A short while after Grace hears a child
whining / crying, she assumes it's Nicholas (her son). So she runs
through the hall and unlocks the first door, when this is happening
the camera zooms into the door. Then shows the inside this makes the
audience feel as if they are actually there. Then she runs to the
second door, and as she unlocks it, the long shot of the camera zooms
in again but to reveal Nicholas.
The only sounds, which are in this scene, are voices and footsteps.
When Grace sees Nicholas she asked, " Why he was crying," Nicholas
then said, "I wasn't crying, I was reading". Grace then realises it
must have been Anne (her daughter), Grace rushes through the corridor
shouting, "Anne I'm coming", in a worried voice; she unlocks the door
leading into the room with Anne in. Anne hears her mother and says I'm
not finished yet, Grace then asks are you all right? Anne says "yes"
when Grace first entered the room with Anne there is a low angle on
Anne but at the same time Grace is in the shot, This shows the
audience both Grace and Anne's actions. At this point the audience
feels tense because even they are waiting to see who and why there are
was mysterious crying.
Grace asks Anne why she was crying? Anne said, "I'm not". Grace then
said there was a reason to be ashamed. Anne said, "If I was crying I'd
tell you". Grace then said "oh so I was imagining it then". Anne said,
"No it was that boy". Grace sits on a stool "what boy?" The camera
uses a high angle on both Anne and Grace when Grace sits on the stool.
Anne replied "Victor" Anne then explained how the boy was just there a
minute ago. Grace said, "Where is he now then?" Anne said "he must
have been upstairs viewing the house with his parents."