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Cracks (2009)

Eva Green , Maria Valverde , Jordan Scott  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XYABMQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,315 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.

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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Obsession 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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we needed 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The most important thing in life is desire." 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies that encourage visiting Ireland. November 17, 2011
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully mounted and superbly acted. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing up the girls
This movie is something like a cross between MEAN GIRLS & THE DEAD POET'S SOCIETY. Eva Green plays a mid-20th century physical education teacher of a very conservative British... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars EVA GREEN, WOW !
ACTRESS - "EVA GREEN" IS AT HER BEST IN THIS MOVIE AS THE SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR AND SWIMMING COACH, "MISS G" !! Read more
Published 4 months ago by NASCARFAN
4.0 out of 5 stars fallen idol
This was beautifully acted and intense. But I don't think I could watch it again... for much the same reasons I don't care to watch movies like Heavenly Creatures and Boys Don't... Read more
Published 7 months ago by hredzak
3.0 out of 5 stars And Those Who Can't
This is very much like the film "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." There is much to like here but the hand of God (the writer) comes down and forces the story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eric Sanberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
St.Matilda's School for Girls sits high atop a small island off the coast of England; a ferry is all that connects them to the outside world. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lesbian Film Guide
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I think Eva Green is a fantastic actress. At the end of the film, you get the sense that she is as much a victim as well as the victimiser of the institution of which she was... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Earl Lopez
1.0 out of 5 stars Cracks
The movie had an interesting idea, but it didn't play out well. I found the movies pace to be so slow that it lost its intensity. I had to resist falling asleep.
Published 16 months ago by Amber
1.0 out of 5 stars not even close to how it was advertised
this movie leaves alot to be desired,
if you want to watch what its like at a bordering school,
see how jealousy can ruin someones life, this movie is for you. Read more
Published 16 months ago by sefriendlyguy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama.
Great drama .
Great acting .
Eva Green is great!
Cool movie!!!!
Will probbaly purchase a new dvd in the near future!
Published 16 months ago by ERIC B. DATANGEL
5.0 out of 5 stars How to become the Scorned Woman
Excellent movie about the interaction and misconception of peerage. Though, it has probably always been a problem as the movie illustrates this is now a phenomenon that is more... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Dunford
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