Trailer for THE ECLIPSE Starring Ciarán Hinds, Iben Hjejle, and Aidan Quinn

     January 19, 2010

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Thousands of Twilight fans will feel massive disappointment tomorrow as they hop online to see that there’s an “Eclipse” trailer online, except it’s not for their vampire-werewolf-romance-epic, but some fruity indie drama that provides a metaphor for loss of a loved one and the pain and fear of moving on.  Maybe it’s because I’m a “hater”, but I think I prefer the latter. 

The Eclipse, directed by Conor McPherson, is about Michael, a widower (Ciarán Hinds), who meets Lena, a horror novelist (Iben Hjejle) at a local book festival.  Believing he is being haunted, begins developing a romantic relationship with Lena as she believes that he may be living with a ghost.  Matters are complicated by a fellow writer (Aidan Quinn) who feels threatened by Michael’s relationship to Lena.  The trailer for the film has come online and while it lays on the horror elements a little too thick, I’m interested in checking it out for the character drama.

Hit the jump to see trailer and read the full synopsis.  The Eclipse opens on March 26th.

Head over to Apple.com to see the trailer in HD.

For those just tuning in, here’s the official synopsis:

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.

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