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Girl With a Pearl Earring–great film

Last night, my wife and I saw Scarlett Johansson’s film Girl With a Pearl Earring. Drama with virtually no humor and little soundtrack, but I enjoyed it a lot. A servant girl works for a painter and develops an interest in his trade. His wife has no interest in it. Though they share some relatively intimate moments in enjoying the craft, their onscreen relationship is 100% platonic. I got the impression that he was falling in love with her (perhaps in the romantic or platonic sense, possibly romantic), as his own wife didn’t really care for what he did for a living. No nudity, and nothing even close to it. There is a scene of an aborted rape (her boss’ benefactor tries to force himself on her but is stopped in the beginning) and where she and her boyfriend have a relationship, but as for the latter, you see them kissing fully-clothed and the next scene you see them fully dressed as she prepres to leave again. Thought-provoking film, foreign-made. Doesn’t surprise me. If it had been made by one of the major L.A. studios, they probably would’ve thrown in some flesh and ruined the film. I’d give it 3.5 out of four stars.

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