8:00 PM, 1st March, 2005
A small village surrounded by woods lives in fear of the creatures that inhabit the woods. So fearful are they that they do not like to speak of them, and they become known as 'Those We Do Not Speak Of'. Apparently there is a pact between the village and the creatures. They do not enter each other's territory.
Lucius Hunt (Phoenix) is a very serious young man, who happens to be in love with Ivy (Howard), the blind daughter of the village's leading elder (Hurt). After the death of a young boy Lucius pleads with the elders to be allowed to cross through the woods to the 'towns' to fetch medicines. He is denied. Instead it falls on Ivy's head to go to the towns, because somewhere in their minds it makes sense to send the blind girl. The logic being that the creatures will not harm such a vulnerable girl. As Ivy embarks on her trek secrets of the village begin to emerge.
The Village includes a star-studded cast, but it is Bryce Dallas Howard (better known as daughter of Ron) who truly stars in this film. Joaquin Phoenix comes a close second, with the role being specifically written for him (if you believe the trivia from the IMDB). It may have been panned by critics but I still found it to be a good way to spend an entertaining couple of hours.