The first time we see an apparition gliding through Michael's house, it's so quick and subtle you're not quite sure if you saw anything at all. Later, McPherson resorts to more conventional and "gotcha!" moments. They're a bit jarring, as is Aidan Quinn as a drunken blowhard novelist on the make. In truth, this is a small story, focused on who's really shadowing Michael from the beyond and how he acknowledges, after too long, his grief. But it's a special one. Hinds long has been ready for a role of this size and shape, tailored for his baleful, sweet reserve and fierce emotional resources.
THE ECLIPSE ★★★ 1/2 out of four stars
Rating: R for language, disturbing images