Lions Gate Films | Release Date: December 12, 2003
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MarcusB.May 18, 2004
It's a telling sign that so many viewers are criticizing this movie for its slow pace or lack of "plot". Since when do films absolutely have to have fast paced, clear-cut storylines that even the bridge and tunnel crowd can follow? This It's a telling sign that so many viewers are criticizing this movie for its slow pace or lack of "plot". Since when do films absolutely have to have fast paced, clear-cut storylines that even the bridge and tunnel crowd can follow? This is the antithesis to the cookie cutter storylines normally coming out of Hollywood. No car chases, no magically satisfying ending where all is neatly tied together (Americans do love their happy endings...), no emphasis on triumph of the spirit (the "I can do it if I apply myself" illusion). Just life. Expand
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EpicLadySpongeMay 5, 2016
Girl with a Pearl Earring proves that Scarlett Johansson can even save a movie by very impressive acting. See this only if you're in it for her or if you want to see a great movie.
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CineAutoctonoJul 13, 2017
"Girl with a Pearl Earring", based on the origins of one of the most emblematic paintings in history, brings us to the girl of the painting incarnated by Scarlett Johansson, who in my opinion from a young age, if she could play an important"Girl with a Pearl Earring", based on the origins of one of the most emblematic paintings in history, brings us to the girl of the painting incarnated by Scarlett Johansson, who in my opinion from a young age, if she could play an important role , The story was interesting, with a good slow pace, but we left an interesting story. Expand
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FilipeNetoApr 25, 2018
Vermeer is one of the most famous names in Flemish painting, and "Girl with Pearl Earring" is one of his most famous works. The whole film revolves around this painting and its model, developing a fictional story (based on a novel) in whichVermeer is one of the most famous names in Flemish painting, and "Girl with Pearl Earring" is one of his most famous works. The whole film revolves around this painting and its model, developing a fictional story (based on a novel) in which the painter creates a sentimental connection with the model, without the film itself being clear about the nature of this relationship. We never realize if they are lovers or if they just create a friendship based on common interests. And this deliberate doubt is one of the elements that holds the public until the end of the film, despite being very stopped and having a rhythm that can leave some people bored.

The construction of the characters deserves a positive mention. The film allows us to understand the character and personality of almost everyone. Griet, the maid/model, is a poor young woman who needs that job to survive, and for whom beauty can really be a drag. However, this is not the reason why she is shy and withdrawn to the point of keeping her blond hair always hidden. This is a result of time and place: Dutch morality was rather austere and puritanical, thanks to the Protestant mentality. This can also be seen in the contained attitude of Vermeer. He is a discreet and hard-working man, who literally lives on the art and needs it to pay his bills, which sometimes leaves his family's financial situation in some trouble. For him, the support of rich patrons was essential, and the film clearly shows it.

The film is also interesting in technical issues, particularly in the scenarios and the way they recreated the time and place. We can, in several moments, see how important art was to build this environment. A lot of details in the scenery are clearly inspired or copied from Flemish paintings. But the art direction goes one step further, by embedding in the film the recreation of a series of famous paintings of this time. For example, there is a moment where the kitchens of the painter's house are shown and, for a brief moment, the image of the painting "The Milkmaid" is recreated.

This is a worth watching movie.
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