Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.
What I love about this movie is the way it flows, there is such a poetic feel about it, it makes me think it might well be true! Writer and Director of Lady In The Water, M. Night Shyamalan, described it as a bedtime story and made the story up for his son before producing it as a book.
I think Lady In The Water is original and engaging – if you allow yourself to relax and get caught up in the fantasy and mystery, you can almost get a sense of the storytelling of the old days (well, mine, anyway). And besides all that, there are ideas in this movie that make more sense than a lot of the practical modern ways we have today.
Shyamalan says the art of storytelling is a dying art, and to some extent I think thats true. One of my favorite stories is Pan’s Labyrinth (amazing movie!), and while Lady In The Water doesnt really compare, I do think its a great movie.