A somber fairytale about the arcane mysteries and small terrors of growing up. Through the use of muted colours and dark shadows, Hadzihalilovic maintains an air of vague foreboding.....an atmosphere that is further enhanced by a surprisingly talented cast of children. The final scene of muted eroticism was especially well done. This would make a great companion piece to "Picnic at Hanging Rock". Remarkable!
I enjoyed this film. Don't be deterred because it is in French. There is not a lot of speaking and the subtitles are easy to read. Do not mistake its quiet story for lack of depth.
It is about young girls being secreted to a private school of dance. I assume they are orphans that have shown some dance promise. They do stay to the age of puberty, when they are transported to the outside world, for experiences unknown. The story takes place at the private school.
This film was way too abstract for me. It seems to be about little girls that arrive in an old house located in an isolated forest, where two old ladies and two young ladies keep them isolated from men, boys, and the rest of the world for a few years until they reach the age of puberty. Wow! I didn't understand it and it is a rare event when I don't want to spend further time trying to learn more about it. The critics liked this film.
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