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The Moth Diaries -- Acclaimed director Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE) returns with the chilling story of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger), a young girl who, haunted by her father's suicide, enrolls in an elite boarding school for girls. Before long, Rebecca's friendship with the popular Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is shattered by the arrival of a dark and mysterious new student named Ernessa (Lily Cole).
The Moth Diaries -- 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?
The Moth Diaries -- Clip: Bath Time


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Rachel Klein (novel)
Mary Harron (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 May 2012 (Kuwait) See more »
Every girl has her secrets.
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? | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sarah Bolger ... Rebecca
Anne Day-Jones ... Rebecca's Mother

Sarah Gadon ... Lucy

Valerie Tian ... Charley

Melissa Farman ... Dora
Laurence Hamelin ... Sofia
Kathleen Fee ... Miss Bobbie

Gia Sandhu ... Kiki

Lily Cole ... Ernessa

Judy Parfitt ... Mrs. Rood

Scott Speedman ... Mr. Davies

Julian Casey ... Rebecca's Father
Steffi Hagel ... Young Rebecca

Leif Anderson ... Policeman
Roxan Bourdelais ... Sofia's Boyfriend

Deena Aziz ... Psychiatrist

Alain Goulem ... Detective (as Al Goulem)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christie Langendorf ... Student

Zina Wilde ... Cute Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Mary Harron 
Writing credits
Rachel Klein (novel)

Mary Harron (screenplay)

Produced by
David Collins .... producer
Sandra Cunningham .... executive producer
Jean-François Doray .... executive producer
Ronald Gilbert .... co-producer
Norton Herrick .... executive producer
Zygi Kamasa .... executive producer
Jon Katz .... executive producer
Karine Martin .... producer
Louis-Simon Ménard .... executive producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Sarah Ramey .... associate producer
Mark Slone .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lesley Barber 
Cinematography by
Declan Quinn 
Film Editing by
Andrew Marcus 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Rosina Bucci 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Sylvain Gingras 
Art Direction by
Camille Parent 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Carpentier 
Ginette Paré 
Josée Pilon 
Costume Design by
Nicoletta Massone 
Makeup Department
Kevin Carter .... special effects contact lenses
Annick Chartier .... makeup department head
Lyne Lapiana .... hair stylist
Félix Larivière .... head of hair department
Nicki Ledermann .... makeup consultant
Fanny Vachon .... 1st makeup assistant
Fanny Vachon .... first makeup artist
Production Management
Paul Boutin .... unit manager
Martin Couture .... unit manager
Adrian Devane .... unit manager: Ireland
Vlad Doclin .... production manager
Tim Morris .... post-production supervisor
Tricia Perrott .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Cosgrove .... trainee assistant director: dailies
Buck Deachman .... first assistant director
David Kennedy .... third assistant director: Ireland
Karine P. Labelle .... third assistant director
Laurence Mercier .... second assistant director
Bethan Mowat .... second assistant director
Gail Munnelly .... first assistant director: Ireland
Don Terry .... first assistant director: Montreal
John Walsh .... second unit director (as John C. Walsh)
Art Department
Serge Archambault .... key scenic artist
Renée Boulais .... painter
Patrick Boulianne .... set key props
Michel Brochu .... construction supervisor
Valérie Caron .... art department assistant
Annie Carpentier .... property buyer
Stephen Craig .... painter
Louis Cyr .... assistant property master
Brigitte Côté .... painter (as Brigitte Coté)
Louis-Paul Dallaire .... property buyer
Louis Frederic Denomme .... set dresser
Vianney Deslongchamps .... swing gang
Maxine Detuil-Gravel .... on-set property assistant
Daniel Dupuis .... swing gang
Alain Dussault .... graphic artist
Stéphane Esteves .... swing gang
Pierre-Yves Gagnon .... assistant set dresser
Michael Hentges .... painter
Jose Holder .... storyboard artist
Reno Hébert .... greens (as Reno Hebert)
Dylan La Frenière .... key greensman
Ann Leduc .... painter
Eric Legendre .... swing gang
Julie Montplaisir .... art department coordinator
Blanche Moreau .... art department assistant (as Blanche Mathilde Moreau-Lépine)
René Morin .... swing gang
Roger Paquin .... greens
Patrick Parle .... set dresser
Michel Perrault .... picture vehicles coordinator
Sébastien Perron .... swing gang (as Sébastien Perron)
Carl Pépin .... set key props
Michel Richard .... swing gang
Stephan Robert .... painter
Pascale Rocray .... set dresser
Alex Touikan .... set designer
Sabrina Tremblay-Gagnon .... on-set property assistant
Sound Department
Norman Bernard .... boom operator
Enda Callan .... boom operator (pickups)
Alan Collins .... sound facility director: ardmore sound
Michelle Cunniffe .... adr recording mixer
Naomi Dandridge .... adr mixer
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
Steve Fanagan .... additional sound editor
Garret Farrell .... sound re-recording mixer
Michelle Fingleton .... adr editor
John Fitzgerald .... sound re-recording mixer
John Griffin .... adr recordist
Aza Hand .... sound effects editor: sound designer
Fionn Higgins .... dialogue editor
Eoghan McDonnell .... foley artist
Jean McGrath .... foley recordist
Conor O'Toole .... sound mixer: pickups
Simon Poudrette .... sound mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator
Special Effects by
Paul Byrne .... special effects technician
Ryal Cosgrove .... special effects supervisor
Marc Reichel .... special effects
Tim Winchester .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Louise Brand .... head of operations: 4DMax
Fred Burdy .... visual effects artist
Andy Clarke .... head compositor
Mário Domingos .... particle animation
Florentin Ionita .... digital compositor
Jenny Keane .... compositor
Duncan Lees .... head of 3D services: 4DMax
Sean McGrath .... visual effects producer
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager
Mario Rachiele .... visual effects supervisor: Montreal
Jean-Marc Rulier .... cyber scanning technician: 4DMax
Nancy Bouchard .... stunt performer
Brendan Condren .... stunt coordinator: Ireland
André Laperrière .... stunt rigger
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt coordinator: Canada
Eimear O'Grady .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Garret Baldwin .... gaffer
David Boyle .... camera trainee: daily
Yvan Brunet .... first assistant camera: B camera
Jocelyn Charbonneau .... camera apprentice
Andrew Dent .... best boy electrician
Jean-François Dubé .... grip
Sylvain Dupuis .... second assistant camera "a" camera
Samuel Eusanio .... grip
Sylvain Girard .... rigging grip (as Sylvain Girouard)
Sylvain Girouard .... rigging grip
George Haryszyn .... generator operator (as Georges Hryszyn)
Louis-Ètienne Hébert .... electrician
Sylvain Jouvet .... electrician
Walter Klymkiw .... rigging gaffer
Rhyce Langker .... remote head technician
Serge Lapointe .... video assist operator
Michael Larouche .... video assist operator
Benoit Leduc .... grip
Alain Masse .... key grip (as Alain Massé)
Gregory Middleton .... director of photography: second unit
Jeff Nichol .... dolly grip
Cormac O'Omáille .... first assistant camera
Gary Pachany .... first assistant camera
Stéphane Pilon .... best boy grip
Martin Renaud .... best boy grip
Carlo Secchiaroli .... dolly grip
Christian Sirois .... electrician
Stéphane Sorensen .... rigging grip
Jan Thijs .... still photographer
François Warot .... gaffer
Karine Zerbe .... second assistant camera: B camera
Casting Department
Shaheen Baig .... casting: uk
John Buchan .... casting: Canada
Rich Delia .... casting associate
Allison Estrin .... casting associate
Michael Fredlund .... casting assistant
Jason Knight .... casting: Canada
Johanne Titley .... executive in charge of casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Charbonneau .... seamstress/breakdown artist
Julie Chenard .... assistant wardrobe dresser
Diane Daoust .... seamstress/breakdown artist
Laurence Delorme .... seamstress/breakdown artist
Marc Duchemin .... costume department assistant
Sylvie Guillard .... costume department assistant
Ève Léveille .... costume department assistant
Josée Philibert .... key wardrobe dresser
Alain Vallée .... wardrobe department coordinator
Valérie Bélègou .... dresser (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ed Costello .... digital film restoration
Sophie Farkas Bolla .... assistant editor
Dave Hughes .... digital intermediate colorist
Eric Marapin .... dailies editor
Sean McGrath .... post-production coordinator
Aidan O'Brien .... first assistant editor
Allyn Quigley .... assistant editor
Trevor White .... dailies film colorist
Bill Holley .... colorist: film dailies (uncredited, co-colorist)
Location Management
Lynn Beaudin .... location consultant
Pierre Blondin .... location manager
France Pelchat .... assistant locations manager
Michael Swan .... location manager: Ireland
Music Department
Lesley Barber .... musician: Piano, Programming
Lesley Barber .... orchestrator
Doug Bernheim .... music consultant
Jatinder Chopra .... additional orchestrator
Tony Lewis .... music editor (temp score)
Abbie Lister .... music supervisor
Lewis Morison .... music editor
Neil Parfitt .... music editor
Neil Parfitt .... technical assistant to composer
James Shearman .... orchestrator: conductor
Nick Taylor .... score recording engineer & mixer
Transportation Department
Daniel Langlois .... driver
Eric Normandin .... driver
David Tomassini .... driver
Philippe Wéris .... driver
Other crew
Lise Beaudoin .... set security
Émilie Blake .... key set production assistant (as Emilie Blake)
René Bouchard .... set security
Laurent Boyé .... international festival publicity team: Telefilm Canada (as Laurent Boye)
Lisa Breitman .... adr/voice talent
Roland Chaput .... key craft service
Guenael Charier .... production assistant (as Guenäel Charrier)
Nickey Chow .... second assistant accountant (as Nicole Chow)
Dany Curadeau .... production assistant
Eric Curadeau .... production assistant
Julien Côté-Bouchard .... truck production assistant
Puelo Deir .... unit publicist
Tom Di Basso .... production controller
Nelson Dufour .... office runner
Francoise Gravelle .... paymaster
Marco Gregoire .... set runner (as Marco Grégoire)
Vania Khandjian .... receptionist
Lorette Leblanc .... script supervisor
Gérard Leclerc .... set security
Marc-Olivier Maheu .... production assistant
Yohann Martel .... production assistant
Audrey Micarou .... production assistant
Maggie Mitchell .... development executive
Rhiannon Moller-Trotter .... body double
Gilles Montreuil .... production accountant
Eoin O'Faolain .... development executive
Jérôme Pilette .... production assistant
Jessy Poulin .... production assistant
Francis Quesnel .... set security
Eva Quintero .... production secretary
Mireille Ravenelle .... assistant craft service
France Raymond .... stand-in
Neal Rowland .... development executive
Shiloh Sheray .... stand-in (as Shiloh Sheray Gagnon)
Jeanne Thomas .... production assistant
Quin Tran .... production coordinator
Quin Tran .... production coordinator
Avril Tremblay .... assistant to director
Mary Claire White .... production executive
Shawn Whitney .... executive story consultant

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Rated R for some bloody images, sexuality, drug use and language
82 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-16 (video rating) | Germany:16 | Japan:R15+ | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R

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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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Pasty White Female, 8 August 2012
Author: soncoman from United States

Director Mary Harron ("American Psycho," "The Notorious Betty Page") tackles neo-Gothic horror in her latest film, an adaptation of Rachel Klein's novel "The Moth Diaries."

Set at a remote Canadian BoardingSchool for Girls, "…Diaries" is the story of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) and Lucie (Sarah Gadon,) really, really, REALLY close roommates who are looking forward to spending their last year at school together. Enter Ernessa (Lily Cole) a suspiciously gaunt, pale, yet dark figure who quickly attaches herself to Lucie. Rebecca finds herself on the outside looking in as Ernessa and Lucie's relationship grows stronger; all the while Lucie herself appears to be getting weaker and weaker.

Hmmm… Life force ebbing… Ernessa never seen during the day… Ernessa never seen eating or drinking… Could she be a… super model? No, no, that's not it. How about a vampire? A ha! Could be. Coincidentally, one of the books being taught by the new hunky English teacher (Scott Speedman) is "Carmilla," a Gothic novel about a female vampire and her prey (that actually predates Stoker's "Dracula" by about a quarter of a century.) Is this a case of life imitating art? Or would that be art imitating life imitating art? Regardless, Rebecca can't get anyone to believe her that Ernessa is a danger to them all, even after students and staff start dropping like flies. What's a good Catholic school girl to do?

Harron does her best with the material, and the film does a good job of establishing an overall mood of dread with several effective set pieces. The ending, however, underwhelmed me. It seems rushed and incomplete, which may reflect the film's apparent low budget more than the filmmaker's intent. Harron has done much with little before, so I found myself let down with this film's conclusion. Solid performances, good location work and moody cinematography can't make up for a haphazard script and the lack of a solid ending.

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