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These are some movies that deal with some similiar conflicts of HC, such as fantasy, dangerous obsessions, relationships etc. The Crush (1993) Donnie Darko (2001) Poison Ivy (1992) Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Heathers (1989) White Oleander (2002) Big Fish (2003) Edward Scissorhands (1990) Finding Neverland (2004) The Virgin Suicides (1999) Don't Deliver us from Evil (1971) Down in the Valley (2005) Practical Magic (1998) Pretty Persuasion (2005) The Woods (2006) Big Girls Don't Cry (2002) Pumpkin (2002) May (2002) The Craft (1996) The Beach (2000) Across the Universe (2007) Mulholland Drive (2001)



Unfortunately the movie has been shortened for its release in US theaters. In Germany the Uncut Version was shown and also released on VHS and shown in TV, but for some reason the German DVD only contains the shorter US Theatrical Version.

On Blu-ray, the so-called Uncut 109 minute version has been released by Lionsgate in the US and Canada, and the 99 minute cinema cut has been released in the UK by Peccadillo Pictures.

The removed scenes are mostly minor plot scenes that were removed to tighten the movie. Nevertheless the missing scenes at 61:45 and 62:50 are worth being watched, giving value to the Uncut version. The first of these in particular (the garden party at the Hulmes' house) is relevant to the plot, as it contains information about Juliet's parents and their lives. Hilda's lover Bill, who pops up suddenly in the cinema version, is introduced more effectively in the longer cut.

It's also conspicuous that a lot of dreaming scenes have been shortened or completely removed in the cinema version. Even though lots of these scenes are still in it, one might get the impression that this version wants to concentrate more on the so-called "real" plot. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

Is this a true story?

The film is based on true events, as stated in the opening and closing credits.

The diary is believed to still be in existence, although it is unclear if it remains in the hands of the court or if it was returned to Pauline's family. The only parts ever made available to the public are those portions admitted as evidence during Pauline's trial. Publication has been discussed, but debate continues as to whether or not this would be ethical.

Of interest is that Pauline's final "entry" was written on a scrap piece of paper shortly after the murder. Though she attempted to destroy it, it was recovered by a police officer. In it, Pauline states she has had "a pleasant time" talking to the police and that she planned to take all the blame for the murder in order to protect Juliet.

Juliet, along with her mother and new stepfather ("Mr Perry" from the film), left the country for England shortly after Juliet's release. Juliet began to use her middle name, Anne, and her stepfather's surname. As Anne Perry, she became a successful novelist, primarily of mystery novels set in the Victorian era.

Pauline likewise eventually made her way to Britain, where she settled in Scotland, assumed the name Hilary Nathan, and became a deeply devout Catholic. She worked with disabled children and is reported to be highly reclusive. While she eventually reestablished contact with her elder sister, the rest of her family remained estranged.

Both women are aware of one another's new identity but prefer never to meet again.

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