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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Day-Jones ...
Laurence Hamelin ...
Kathleen Fee ...
Mr. Davies
Rebecca's Father
Steffi Hagel ...
Young Rebecca
Roxan Bourdelais ...
Sofia's Boyfriend


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?

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Every girl has her secrets.


Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 May 2012 (United Arab Emirates)  »

Also Known As:

Die Sehnsucht der Falter  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,838 (USA) (27 April 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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The classical piece Ernessa plays on piano is Chopin's Nocturne no. 1. Lily Cole actually suggested a few different pieces to the director and chose this piece, which she had never heard before. See more »


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.
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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The Holly and the Ivy
Performed by Free As A Bird
Traditional, arranged by Guy Dagul
Published by Atlantic Screen Composers Ltd
(Administered by CAS Ltd)
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Help me! My father had talent.... poor me!
1 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Rebecca attends an all girl boarding school for tiresome adolescents in an old hotel. Through her friendship with fellow student Lucie, she has learned to re-embrace life, after the suicide of her poet father.

However, When spooky new student, Ernessa, arrives and supplants Rebecca in Lucie's affection: Rebecca becomes jealous and decides that Ernessa must be a vampire, as described by her handsome romantic fiction teacher.

Staff and students succumb to premature exits of one sort or another and Rebecca becomes more and more convinced of the malevolent and supernatural influence of Ernessa whilst desperately fighting off the urge to kill herself.

Never was the nike "just do it" campaign slogan more in my mind. This film might appeal to you if you are a teenage girl, with little imagination or cinema experience.... otherwise I would avoid it.

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