Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

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Beauty inspires obsession

Peter  Webber directs this film set in mid 17th century Holland. Scarlett Johansson is young Griet who gets sent to work in the house of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (played by the dashing Colin Firth)

This film is simply marvellous and when I first watched it I was surprised that I had not seen this film before. The all star cast; Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson and Judy Parfitt (aka Sister Monica Joan from Call The Midwife)helped to convey the themes of not just art but money, sex, repression and power.

Generally a  well made film, although I felt the ending was rushed. Having read the original book by Tracy Chevalier (and reread it at my grans) the ending had so much potential.

My rating : 4.5/5

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