- Paul Dale
- 4 December 2009
Jordan Scott, daughter of Ridley Scott (nepotism, it’s a wonderful thing) follows the promise of her shorts Jonathan and Portrait with this ludicrous and feeble attempt to posit William Goldman’s Lord of the Flies in a 1930s girls boarding school.
When Spanish aristocrat Fiamma (María Valverde) arrives at an English boarding school she stirs up obsessions in unhinged teacher Miss G (Eva Green) and jealousy in classmate Di (Juno Temple, Julien’s daughter, yes it’s that kind of film). In the rarified environment of high board diving, dressing up boxes and jolly hockey sticks, Fiamma, her teacher and her fellow pupils head (interminably) towards certain tragedy.
Badly served by an overwritten (or under edited) screenplay and some fairly uneven performances, Scott tries to whip up some repression-fuelled mystery with lots of skulking about grand hallways and impromptu swims in the sub zero lake. It’s all a load of nonsense that doesn’t succeed dramatically, or even as a small scale chiller curio. Star Green does, however, try to transcend the mediocrity with much neck swiveling and mad eye stares. Following the regrettable British made Franklyn it may be time for Green to head for sunnier climes.
General release from Fri 4 Dec.