Uma is a young woman who wakes up in an apparently idyllic reform school for young ladies. But a dark secret lies within its walls.

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Alice Waddington

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Sofía Cuenca (original story by), Brian DeLeeuw | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Roberts ... Uma
Danielle Macdonald ... Chloe
Awkwafina ... Yu
Eiza González ... Amarna
Milla Jovovich ... The Duchess
Jeremy Irvine ... Markus
Arnaud Valois ... Son
Daniel Horvath Daniel Horvath ... Favorite 1
Joey Sordyl ... Favorite 2
Nancy Jack Nancy Jack ... Eloise
Julia Stresen-Reuter Ramírez Julia Stresen-Reuter Ramírez ... Uma (7)
Ted Stresen-Reuter Ted Stresen-Reuter ... Uma's Father
Erica Bertamini Hoashi Erica Bertamini Hoashi ... Resident Girl 1 (as Erica Bertamini)
Lesley Grant ... Resident Girl 2
Lea Isabel Schaaf Lea Isabel Schaaf ... Resident Girl 3 (as Lea Schaaf)
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In an undetermined future, society has divided in two types: upper-class or "superiors", and the rest of the world, mid and lower-class, named "inferiors". Uma is a superior teen girl who reluctant to marry with another superior named Son to be fall in love of an inferior named Markus, her mother sends her to Paradise Hills, a school for young ladies to reform rebel girls located in a remote island in the middle of the ocean. Waking up in Paradise not knowing how she arrived there, in the island she meets another students of the school: Amarna, a world pop star who was sent after she decided sing her own songs against the will of her parents and the music company that produces her albums; Chloe, an over-weight girl which parents want to turn her in a perfect woman, thin and complaint; and Yu, an inferior that after the loss of her parents was sent with her superiors aunt and uncle, who wants to make perfect and superior as them. At the same time that Uma meets the eccentric and ... Written by Chockys

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The film's imagery and themes clearly echo Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; from the Duchess, to the red and white roses, to the dreamlike labyrinth of the centre. See more »

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References Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) See more »

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Black Lake
Music by Joana Serrat
Lyrics by Joana Serrat and David Gimferrer
Performed by Joana Serrat and Ryan Boldt
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fine premise loses ending
23 October 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In a future world, Uma (Emma Roberts) has been sent to Paradise Hills, a finishing school for the girls of society's elite families. Uma is refusing to give up her inferior boyfriend for an arranged marriage. It's an island retreat run by The Duchess (Milla Jovovich). The other girls include overweight Chloe (Danielle Macdonald), allergic Yu (Awkwafina), and singing star Amarna (Eiza González). Being imprisoned on an island gilded cage is not the end of the horror.

The general premise is fine but the intensity is never raised to a higher level. It reaches the first level of story telling and doesn't go further. There are two conflicting reveals at the end. One is a sci-fi ending and the other is a supernatural fantasy ending. They don't mix well together. This reminds me of an earlier 70's big idea sci-fi movie but it fails to grasp a big emotional payoff.


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Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$414,515
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2:1
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