A young American couple, fascinated by India and Mumbai in particular, decide to move there permanently. The couple have to beautiful children, one of which, Oliver, dies due to a devastating incident. Maria, the mother, can’t get over the fact that she lost her beloved child, and feeling guilty for his death, she wants to talk to him one last time to ask for forgiveness. With the help of Piki, her housekeeper, she goes to an abandoned temple where it is said that the line between the living and the death is very thin. There, she will be able of speaking with his son again. Piki gives to Maria only one recommendation: no matter what Oliver says, Maria must not open the temple door for him. But, she’ll open it, and the balance of life and death will be broken.
I think that the main focus of the film is clearly on how it is difficult to get over the death of someone really close to you, especially if the person is taken away from you in terrible ways. You could do everything to live just one day more with that person, have the time to say goodbye and explain how much he / she means to you.
But, there are also other important messages in The Other Side of the Door; the film analyzes how it is to live in a foreign country, with another culture and other traditions; at the beginning of the film the couple thinks that that’s a paradise, and the dream of being happy there; but then they discover that the problems of men are the same all over the world, wherever you are, no one can escape the challenges of life.
The Other Side of the Door was released in March 2016 all over the world. The director is Johannes Roberts, a British film director and writer, already famous for directing other horror and thriller movies.
I think this movie is original, and it can be categorized not as a classical horror film, but more as a horror with exotic elements; in fact, India is a really great historical and natural setting for this film, and we also have many references to the thousand-year old Hindu culture, that is not so usual in most horror films.