I just watched this movie and I’m quite moved. It’s an independent drama film starring Eva Green, Juno Temple, and María Valverde. It was released theatrically in Dec 2009 but set to be released March this year.
The movie is so dark and twisted. At the beginning I thought it was some “coming-of-age” movie with a hint of unusual “lesbian” relationships. But it’s way more than that.
The story is set in 1930s England in an isolated all-girls boarding school. The story unravels with an unconventional teacher, Miss G (Eva Green), a team of divers led by Di (Juno Temple), and the new student, the aristocratic Spaniard Fiamma(María Valverde). The girls compete for the attention of their free-thinking and glamorous young teacher Miss G. Possessing an allure of mystery, Miss G passionately tries to inspire the girls, challenging them, instructing them against social obligations, telling them that “the most important thing in life is desire”. The movie then takes a darker turn with the arrival of the exotic and beautiful Fiamma, disturbing the girls’ rigid and remorseless power structure and revealing Miss G’s darker, mentally-unstable state.
The movie is based on a novel written by Sheila Kohler (also titled Crack). Apparently, the book is more intense than the movie. I checked the author’s website where she states:
“When my sister died a violent death 25 years ago in apartheid South Africa, my writing took a new turn. I was driven to explore the reasons for violence within intimate relationships, in particular, the abuse of power and privilege. Since then I have published seven novels, three collections of short stories, and several others not yet collected, all of which focus in some way on this theme. They represent my attempt to delve into the mysteries of hate and anger, and of love and compassion, as well.”
As she stated, abuse of power is definitely evident in the movie.
This movie reminded me of The Hours where Virginia Woolf’s struggle with depression and mental illness is projected. It also has the same style, maybe because both (well Virginia Woolf’s parts) were in England during the early 1900’s +_O
Sheila Kohler’s newest book, “Love Child,” will be released in June 2011. I’ll be adding it to my never-ending list of “to-read” books...