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Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

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Anne Day-Jones ...
Rebecca's Mother
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Lucy
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Charley
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Dora
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Sofia
Kathleen Fee ...
Miss Bobbie
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Kiki
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Mrs. Rood
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Mr. Davies
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Rebecca's Father
Steffi Hagel ...
Young Rebecca
Leif Anderson ...
Policeman
Roxan Bourdelais ...
Sofia's Boyfriend
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Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

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Every girl has her secrets.

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Rated R for some bloody images, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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$2,276 (USA) (20 April 2012)

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$3,838 (USA) (27 April 2012)
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Rebecca: You're wrong. The good things I remember about my father - the walks we took, the fairy tales he read to me - they all really happened.
Ernessa: He read you other fairy tales that you forgot.
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Ernessa: # My mother, she butchered me. My father, he ate me. My sister, little Anne-Marie, she gathered up the bones of me, and tied them in a silken cloth to lay under the juniper. Tweet, tweet, what a pretty bird am I! #
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Written by Hendrik Willemyns, John Roan, Bruno Fevery, Melanie Pain
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Beautifully Shot, But Just Never Goes All the Way
7 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) is suspicious of Ernessa (Lily Cole), the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

I liked the look of this film, I liked the characters. I found Mr. Davies interesting -- his "Twilight" hair, and his creepy advances (not sure why a man is teaching at an all girl school). I feel like there was more to him than the film ever let on (should I read the book?).

In fact, the film stumbles (in my opinion) because it has lots of loose ends, such as the scene with Rebecca's period (what was going on here?) and why does it matter that her father was a respected author? If the story had just been straightforward, it might have been able to explore more of the important themes rather than just showing girls playing video games.

And I have to ask, is this a "girl" film or a horror film? I feel like that decision could not be made. It claims to be a horror film but has the tone of a girl party film. Why? I am all for mixing genres, but you have to have the right tone. Coming from director Mary Harron ("American Psycho") I expect better. Another reviewer suggested the film be called "pasty white female". I kind of agree.

Lastly: Whoever wrote the Netflix summary is an idiot. They refer to Rebecca as a "college senior" (she is sixteen, in boarding school) and says that Ernessa may be a vampire -- she is not, nor does anyone ever think she is.


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