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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?



(novel), (screenplay)
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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?

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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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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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Fear of Heights
Written by Hendrik Willemyns, John Roan, Bruno Fevery and Mélanie Pain (as Melanie Pain)
Performed by Arsenal
Licensed courtesy of Playout! Music
By arrangement with Ocean park Music Group
Published by Strictly Confidential, BMI
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The Moth Diaries is quite interesting
19 July 2012 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Director Mary Harron works more frequently on the TV, but I have always found her films (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page) interesting mainly because of their mixed focus, commercially accessible and also with enough personal vision in order to bring them an unusual artistic varnish. That's why I was interested in watching The Moth Diaries, Harron's first incursion in the horror genre, and it fortunately ended up being very interesting.

The screenplay from The Moth Diaries displays an unexpected dimension and deepness, and it always keep us on the constant doubt about the nature of the phenomenons we witness. We never exactly know whether there's a supernatural influence at the school, or if that's just a metaphor of the main character's nerves. Besides, the somber corridors from the building and the whispering woods which round on it contribute to create a melancholic atmosphere, very appropriate in order to accentuate the main character's emotional conflict.

In the leading role, Sarah Bolger takes the biggest advantage of her expressive face in order to transmit her character's emotions without the need of words. Sarah Gadon also makes a perfect work as Lucie, and I also liked Lily Cole's performance very much. I usually can't swallow the "models who become actresses", but Cole has displayed genuine histrionic talent in The Moth Diaries, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and St. Trinian's.

On the negative side from The Moth Diaries, a few moments feel a bit dull, and the ending feels kinda convenient. Nevertheless, I think this movie is worthy of a recommendation, and I will definitely keep having interest in Harron's filmography.

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