DVD: Marchlands (15)

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Three families living in the same Yorkshire house (Marchlands) over three decades are haunted by the spectre of the same girl, Alice.

In 1968, married couple Ruth and Paul live with Paul's repressive parents and struggle to accept the unexplained death of their daughter, Alice. In 1987, a second family's daughter blames her troubled behaviour on her "dead" invisible friend Alice. In 2010, a couple expecting their first child move to Marchlands to find their lives unsettled, before Ruth returns to find out what happened to her daughter. It may sound like a run-of-the-mill ghost story, but the decade-hopping, strong cast and detailed examinations of family relationships here prove absorbing.