In this creepy thriller Robert De Niro plays David Callaway, a psychologist left to bring up his little daughter Emily (Dakota Fanning) alone following his wife's suicide. By moving to a small upstate town, David hopes to start afresh. But Emily is in mental retreat and refuses to be neighbourly, nice or polite. To anyone. Her hostility towards David's new friend, glamorous divorcee Elizabeth (Elizabeth Shue) is understandable - she's not Mommy. Of more concern is the creepy presence of 'Charlie', who lives only in Emily's imagination but has a visibly unhealthy effect on her.
Robert De Niro