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The Moth Diaries (2011)

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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?

Director:

Mary Harron

Writers:

Rachel Klein (novel), Mary Harron (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Bolger ... Rebecca
Anne Day-Jones Anne Day-Jones ... Rebecca's Mother
Sarah Gadon ... Lucy
Valerie Tian ... Charley
Melissa Farman ... Dora
Laurence Hamelin Laurence Hamelin ... Sofia
Kathleen Fee 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 Steffi Hagel ... Young Rebecca
Leif Anderson ... Policeman
Roxan Bourdelais 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada | USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2012 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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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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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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.
[singing]
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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Soundtracks

Fantasia in D minor K.397
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Sarah Bolger
Published by Atlantic Screen Composers Ltd
(Administered by Cascanada SOCAN)
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Pasty White Female
8 August 2012 | by soncomanSee all my reviews

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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