The Other Side of the Door is about a young couple living in India and trying to come to terms with the loss of a child. The mother feels terrible guilt over the loss of her son and is told of an ancient ritual that will allow her to talk to her son one last time to say goodbye. But, there are rules that must be followed and in a moment of desperation she breaks the rules causing a disturbance between the boundaries of life and death.
I have to admit that I put off watching this for a while because of the preview. The preview shows a character being told the rules to follow and of course the first thing they do is not follow the rules. The second that happens it takes me out of the moment and I feel they deserve every bad thing that’s going to happen to them. Very rarely can a character break the rules and still have me interested in the story.
If the rules are going to be broken then I have to understand why the character ignored the rules. It has to make sense to me. I have to sit there and think, “would have done or can I understand why they did it and accept it?” 9 times out of 10 a character will ignore the rules for no other reason than they are an idiot. That’s usually a sign of bad writing. However, in The Other Side of the Door, they didn’t do that. I understand why made the lead character did what she did and I have to admit that there was a part of me that wondered if I too would have done the same thing. This moment in the film was so well done and believable. You have nothing but compassion for this person.
There are so many things to like about The Other Side of the Door. The acting, the story, the scenery I could go on and on. I supposed what I liked the most about it was the ending. I won’t ruin it for you. I will just say that as the movie was coming to an end I was feeling disappointed in it. The entire film was interesting and had a wonderful eerie feel to it but it appeared they were going to blow the ending and it was starting to feel the disappointment. Then, it did something that was just perfect. I’m not saying it’s a happy ending or a sad ending I am just saying it’s good, “Whoa!” ending.
Who will like this movie? Adults, mature teens, people with a good amount of life experience. I doubt very much shallow people will be able to appreciate it. If you’re looking for boobs and gore I’d skip this one. But, if you want a movie with a good story, suspense with a couple of scares thrown in, I think you will really enjoy The Other Side of the Door.