A young orphan, Stephen, is sent to go and live with his strange, much older cousin at his remote country house. Once there, Stephen experiences terrible dreams in which he sees a young girl and boy who are missing their hearts.
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A disquieting entry in this loose series of James adaptations with an unsettlingly musty appearance and hurdy-gurdy score decorating an even more disturbing tale of something approaching occultist paedophilic control. As ever, what is not said carrying more power than what is explicitly stated (the exposed heart carrying little of the charge of the more suggestively diabolical).