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The Moth Diaries

  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • 2010
  • Mary Harron
  • 78 mins
  • 15

Summary

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?

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Rachel Klein's 2002 young adult novel was ahead of its time - it predated the whole Twilight teen vampire sensation by several years - but this belated film adaptation arrives a little too late; moody, adolescent bloodsuckers have become rather passé. Sarah Bolger plays a troubled 16-year-old at a posh girls' boarding school, who becomes concerned that her best friend (Sarah Gadon) is falling under the spell of a mysterious new student (British model-turned-actress Lily Cole), who never seems to eat, loves the night and whose enemies have a nasty habit of turning up dead. Bolger is convinced she's a vampire, but is it all in her head? Unfortunately, it's a question director Mary Harron (American Psycho) never really gets to grips with: while she saturates the film in gothic tones, teenage angst and Sapphic references, it's a little too ethereal for its own good and meanders to an unsatisfying climax.

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Credits

Cast

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RebeccaSarah Bolger
ErnessaLily Cole
LucySarah Gadon
Mr DaviesScott Speedman
Miss RoodJudy Parfitt
CharleyValerie Tian
DoraMelissa Farman
SofiaLaurence Hamelin
Miss BobbieKathleen Fee
KikiGia Sandhu

Crew

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DirectorMary Harron

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate UK
Released on
2013-05-24
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, brief nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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