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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 ... 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]

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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

Nocturne Opus 9 No. 1
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Lesley Barber
Published by Atlantic Screen Composers Ltd
(Administered by Cascanada SOCAN)
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Gothic horror tries to hard to be a classic.
28 August 2012 | by jaguiar313See all my reviews

Moth Diaries is a supernatural horror set at an all girl boarding school where young Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) is sent after the suicide of her writer father. She befriends the pretty Lucy (Sarah Gadon) and all seems well until the arrival of the strange Student Ernessa (Lily Cole). Lucy is drawn to Ernessa and the more Sarah tries to find out who this mysterious new girl really is, the more she begins to believe that she is faced with the very type of vampiric creature that she is reading about in her literature class. As the bodies pile up and everyone attributes Rebecca's suspicions as a product of the emotions left over from her father's death, Rebecca decides she must deal with this monster herself. Moth Diaries is one of those movies that tries hard and sometimes tries too hard for it's own good. There is a very Gothic mood to it. Director Mary Harron tries to give it the same period feel of a Dracula story despite being set in modern day. There are some nice visuals and effective scenes and the cast all perform well. But, sometimes the film is a bit too obvious for it's own good. Some of the scenes come across as a bit silly when maybe a bit more subtlety would have been better. Some of the voice narration by Rebbeca comes across as forced, telling us things we already have figured out for ourselves. The film probably could have used some of the sly humor that Harron used to perfection in the classic American Psycho but, here the tone comes across as a little too serious and it also can't decide whether it wants to be a straight horror or something more along the lines of a Twilight movie with it's melodramatics(Such as Rebecca's relationship with Scott Speedman's literature teacher that goes nowhere). Moth Diaries is not a complete failure and it has entertainment value but, it could have been a lot better if the filmmakers weren't trying too hard to create a goth classic in the same vein (sorry, had to) as Dracula with the melodrama of the Bella and Edward saga.


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