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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 ...
Rebecca's Mother
Laurence Hamelin ...
Kathleen Fee ...
Miss Bobbie
Mrs. Rood
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.

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 USA:

$2,276, 22 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,838, 29 April 2012
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Viewers know this is not Horror
18 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

I hadn't seen any trailers for this, just the brief description and the genre title of HORROR. Almost immediately the viewer is brought into the atmosphere of the close nit bunch of young girls living at a pricey boarding school. At first I was in good spirits and was quite captivated by the beauty of our main characters but as time went on, it seemed the less went on. This would be a very fine pick for young girls of course they would have to re-label it to Drama/Mystery. What we end up with is a 115 minute saga that did not in the slightest bit tug on my thriller strings and it completely failed to deliver anything to us in the Horror genre as there was none.

If they put this into theaters as it is I expect very bad results for it. I felt a little like I had been conned out nearly two hours, it's like you put an hour into the story thinking chaos will begin to reign in the second half & then the sun comes & and pretty birds fly instead. 3/10

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