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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 left me both confused and very annoyed. I know that it is easy to get angry when you don't understand something and have tons of unanswered questions, and I'm going to try my best to not fall victim to my own nastiness and negativity.
What was the deal with the moths? Did I miss something? If you can, PLEASE explain (or at least give me your theories). I wish this was explored more, we see a couple scenes with moths but it doesn't really amount to anything? Was I trying to read too much into the title and the fact that the actress playing Ernessa (Lily Cole) looks like an insect? Was she a moth? A vampire?…
The dvd cover says the movie is "Bristling With Suspense And Erotic Tension". What you really get is a pretty weak ghost story...that is not too suspenseful, not too original and at the end does not really make any sense. About the only thing going for this one....it is only 82 minutes long! Final thought: This is one to avoid.
Too languid for its own good, "The Moth Diaries" is a vampire film without any bite. The direction is even-handed and slightly fetishistic, and there are some impressive nods to vampire fiction of the past. The overall experience, however, is a dull one.
Decent cinematography is not enough to save such a BORING movie. I really have nothing more to say about this except : lesbians, mysterious vampire / ghost thing? and yes, some moths.
Believe me, there is nothing here that you haven't seen before.
This movie very crucially was not made for me, a 25 year old guy, so naturally its tabs won't fit into my slots (hello!). And as opposed to white boy movies that don't give a fuck if girls like it (the oeuvre de Michael Bay might as well have a big "No girls allowed - we're staring at your tits" sign hung over it) I respect the ways that it communicates to its intended audience. Harron talked about making this movie for her teenage daughter but natch Harron won't sanitize for anyone, so the movie is adult in its way too. All this adds up to a movie for teenagers that hints at what a dangerous, alluring thing…
Amazing performances from both Sarah Bolger and my own personal favourite, Lily Cole.
The Moth Diaries is not at all what I expected, and I think the summery of the film can be a bit misleading. Or maybe bi-curious movie descriptions make me think of something completely different.. more IN YOUR FACE graphic, like Black Swan, and I'm tempted to say: "lucky it wasn't". The film is creepy rather than scary, and it just works so well with everything. I really enjoyed this one, and would definitely recommend it. Even if the ending is a bit of a let-down.
Rated R for some bloody images, sexuality, drug use and language.
"The Moth Diaries" tells the story of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger), a 16 year old returning to her secluded boarding school after the holidays. Recovering from the loss of her father from suicide Rebecca invests all her emotional energy in best friend Lucie (Sarah Gadon). When a mysterious, creepy new girl Ernessa (Lily Cole) arrives at the school she befriends Lucie leaving Rebecca isolated. With the relationship between Ernessa and Lucie growing ever closer Rebecca begins to suspect that the new girl harbours a deadly (perhaps supernatural) secret. Written and directed by Mary Harron (from the book by Rachel Klein) "The Moth Diaries" is a disappointingly slow-moving and tension free film. There is little atmosphere and the directorial approach is bland…
Lily Cole as a schoolgirl vampire. Nope doesn't work. Poor.
Why have I not seen this before? Gothic horror starring Sarah Bolger, as Rebecca and Lily Cole as her nemesis, Ernessa. Set in a girl's school, which used to be a hotel, this tells the familiar tale of strange new girl gradually eliminates a group of friends one by one, with a lone Cassandra (Rebecca) trying to raise the alarm. Bolger and Cole are particularly good, with Cole very suited to the eerie & etherial 'vampire' role There are symbolic moths scattered throughout representing death and rebirth and fluttery dust.
How does a ghost even write in a diary?
i feel like this could have been great if the director had pushed the weirdness and atmosphere further, but as is it's a slightly below average teen drama with some decent supernatural stuff that you can totally tell is adapted from a book. it's the kind of movie that, if i still had HBO, i would sit down "for just a second" to watch each time it came on and then realize an hour and a half had accidentally passed, so i guess that counts for something.
This movie is a more modern take on both golden age Gothic horrors and Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu (in the latter case literary, as the book the girls are working on in English class is Carmilla). It is based on a book, so it does tend to fall in some of the adaptation trappings, but for the most part it is a quiet, beautifully old school horror that is more unnerving than scary. It explores the relationship between the girls and especially between Rebecca and Ernessa well.
The cinematography is understated and beautiful and while some of the dialogue is kind of hockey, the themes the film explores are timely. The acting is serviceable, with all the girls delivering…
So. Much. Angst. Which is pretty much what one should expect when you start talking about a gothic coming of age story with horror elements set at an all girls prep school. The film is puposefully oblique in its ending leaving the audience to come to their own conclusion. My conclusion? Good looking movie, decent acting, random Scott Speedman, slightly undercooked.
big disappointment from this director
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