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A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school.

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A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school.

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Innocence isn't lost. It's taken.


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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity and a disturbing attack | See all certifications »

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18 March 2011 (USA)  »

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Sedução  »

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$9,467 (USA) (18 March 2011)

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$17,595 (USA) (1 April 2011)
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In the novel the boarding school is located in South Africa, not Great Britain. See more »

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The pastry Miss G serves to Fiamma is not the same as the ones she bought at the bakery. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Di: Miss G, I wanted to thank you for lending me the book.
Miss G: Did you read it?
Di: Yes.
Miss G: Did you get caught?
Di: No. And anyway, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. I wasn't corrupted.
Miss G: Good for you. Let them put that in their pipes.
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'The most important thing in life is desire.'
2 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jordan Scott, niece of director Tony Scott who with his brother Ridley Scott serve a executive producers of this film, makes and impressive debut as a director/writer (with Ben Court and Caroline Ip) in this intensely interesting and well crafted adaptation of Sheila Kohler's novel CRACKS. This is a period piece (1934) that takes place in St. Mathilda's School in Stanley Island, England, an isolated all girl British boarding school. The mood is one of Gothic evil where rich young girls participate in the cloistered rigid education imposed by the matrons of the school -Miss Nieven (Sinéad Cusack), Matron (Helen Norton), and Miss Lacey (Deirdre Donnelly) - whose chief concern is to guard the reputation of the school at all costs, and lightened only by the presence of the swimming/diving coach Miss G (Eva Green) whom the girls admire for her exotic beauty, worldliness, supposed travel around the world, and her possessiveness of her brood.

One of the girls, Di (Juno Temple in a brilliant performance), is the team captain and the apparent favorite of Miss G - until the sudden arrival of a beautiful Spanish girl Fiamma (María Valverde) who tends to set herself apart form the rest of the claque (Di, Poppy (Imogen Poots), Lily (Ellie Nunn), Fuzzy (Clemmie Dugdale), Laurel (Adele McCann) and Rosie (Zoë Carroll). Fiamma is an expert diver and her gifts as a sportsman as well as her beauty attract Miss G, replacing Di as her favorite. In jealous rage Di gathers the claque and plans the exit of this unwanted intruder. How this backfires and increases Miss G's attraction to Fiamma leads down another path of evil that pulls this little tale of terror to a surprising end.

Eva Green manages to make Miss G a fascinating character and her gradual obsession with Fiamma and the direction that takes her is a very fine performance. But the entire cast - girls and teachers - is superb, especially Juno Temple in a career making role. The cinematography by John Mathieson finds both the haunting beauty of the isolated St. Mathilde's School and the splendid panoramas of nature add immeasurably to the film as does the musical score by Javier Navarette

  • a score that combines Anglican hymns with gentle piano music. This is


a triumph for all concerned and bodes well for the career of Jordan Scott.

Grady Harp


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