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Girl With A Pearl Earring

Scarlett Johansson deserves the accolades she got for this role (as well as for Lost in Translation). She goes down as one of the few child actors (Horse Whisperer) who lived up to their potential. Essie Davis is also very good - who'd have thunk that my favourite Juliet could be so unsympathetic (until her big scene at the end).

Unsurprisingly, the colours in this movie are compelling. In the early parts they manage to be both vibrant and bleached at the same time... I think it has something to do with the contrast or saturation levels.

When I was watching it I was thinking that this was likely an original screenplay - the subject is so visual and so much of the story is told under the surface, with long looks or through the mise-en-scene. Either that, or the language used in a prose version of the story had to be richly beautiful (for the painting sequences) and powerfully understated (for the emotional arc). Well, turns out it is based on a novel... I'll try to find it to see how closely the tone of the movie matches that of the book. The writer's commentary on the DVD may cast some light on this as well.

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