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  • Actors: Eva Green, Maria Valverde
  • Directors: Jordan Scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XYABMQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,654 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Miss G (Eva Green, Casino Royale) is seemingly a force of nature, a glamorous presence beloved and idolized by her blossoming charges at an all-girls British boarding school. Her students heap adoration upon her, a love that Miss G basks in and returns until the arrival of Fiamma, a wild and self-confident transfer student from Spain. Fiamma s new role as teacher s pet ignites the jealousy of former class queen Di (Juno Temple) and triggers an obsession in Miss G that quickly spirals out of control. A sterling cast leads this dark coming-of-age thriller, the debut feature of Jordan (daughter of Ridley) Scott.

Customer Reviews

All I can say is that it made me feel.
That one guy
Great acting, directing, musical score, script and cinematography.
G. Teslovich
A very intriging film indeed but depressing also in many ways.
Arish

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sarah E. Greenberg on July 11, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of my favourite movies, hands down.

What I love about this movie more than anything, more than the acting or the gorgeous scenery, is how even though one of the main characters is at least a bit bent, it doesn't focus on her sexual orientation. Cracks was not afraid to step beyond its safety rails and brush off the fact that a character(s) was not straight, even though it kept coming up again and again. Never once did any of the other characters bring comment on it.

(SLIGHT SPOILERS)
I've seen some awful reviews for this on afterellen.com saying that this film set the LGBT movement back because the lesbian was the antagonist. They compared it to Loving Anabelle, a film in which the relationship was consensual, and declared Loving Anabelle by far the superior movie. I'm going to heavily disagree on all accounts and say the fact that the antagonist CAN be a lesbian is PROOF of the success of the LGBT movement. There are plenty of films about girls and boys coming out of the closet, after a while the same taste becomes stale. Finally it was safe to make a film like this where the sexual orientation of the character does NOT matter, Fiamma could have been male or rather, Ms G could have been male or they BOTH could have been male and the story would not have changed in any way whatsoever.

I believe this film was just what the LGBT movement needed and furthermore, Cracks stands mighty tall on its own. The acting, the script, the little things you have to watch it over and over again in order to see... It's slow moving, but it's truly a work of art. Not at all what I expected when I first heard they were shooting.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone with a love for art and an open mind!
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Leticia on May 26, 2011
Format: DVD
This film is a tale of obsession and desire. Brilliant performances by Eva Green and Juno Temple. It follows the diving team of an prestigious bording school and its cult like structure. When new comer Fiamma (played by Spanish actress Maria Valverde) comes and threatens that structure things take a unexpected turn. Loosely based on the novel of the same title by Sheila Kohler it gives entertainment and the chance to see what the nature of obsession can become. It is a very interesting piece from director Jordan Scott and draws its poetics from works of writers like John Keats and Mary Kingsley. Recommended 1000 times over.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2011
Format: DVD
Jordan Scott, niece of director Tony Scott who with his brother Ridley Scott serve a executive producers of this film, makes and impressive debut as a director/writer (with Ben Court and Caroline Ip) in this intensely interesting and well crafted adaptation of Sheila Kohler's novel CRACKS. This is a period piece (1934) that takes place in St. Mathilda's School in Stanley Island, England, an isolated all girl British boarding school. The mood is one of gothic evil where rich young girls participate in the cloistered rigid education imposed by the matrons of the school -Miss Nieven (Sinéad Cusack), Matron (Helen Norton), and Miss Lacey (Deirdre Donnelly) - whose chief concern is to guard the reputation of the school at all costs, and lightened only by the presence of the swimming/diving coach Miss G (Eva Green) whom the girls admire for her exotic beauty, worldliness, supposed travel around the world, and her possessiveness of her brood.

One of the girls, Di (Juno Temple in a brilliant performance), is the team captain and the apparent favorite of Miss G - until the sudden arrival of a beautiful Spanish girl Fiamma (María Valverde) who tends to set herself apart form the rest of the claque (Di, Poppy (Imogen Poots), Lily (Ellie Nunn), Fuzzy (Clemmie Dugdale), Laurel (Adele McCann) and Rosie (Zoë Carroll). Fiamma is an expert diver and her gifts as a sportsman as well as her beauty attract Miss G, replacing Di as her favorite. In jealous rage Di gathers the claque and plans the exit of this unwanted intruder. How this backfires and increases Miss G's attraction to Fiamma leads down another path of evil that pulls this little tale of terror to a surprising end.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on November 17, 2011
Format: DVD
In terms of cinematography it reminded me of "Nothing Personal".
The story is set in a '30s British all girl's school that, outside of a nearby village, is isolated on an island from most of the world. One of the teachers who herself was a student at the school fantasizes about the world yet because of her own insecurities has been nowhere but at the school. The interplay between the teacher and her students was well and accurately written as she strives to give them dreams to seek and offers opportunities for them to practice succeeding. Problems arise through conflicts of emotional attachment and detachment between all the parties. Yes, it does have it's darker sides.
Great acting, directing, musical score, script and cinematography.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Literaryxplorer on August 13, 2011
Format: DVD
An excellent production, a sort of all-female private school "Lord Of The Flies" set between the wars. Other reviewers have summarized the story. Let me add that the acting is quite wonderful, including the very young minor characters, and that the production is equally fine. If you like movies and/or stories set in a confined "hothouse" of a boarding school, this film is not to be missed. Highly recommended!
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