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The Moth Diaries (2011)

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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?

Director:

Mary Harron

Writers:

Rachel Klein (novel), Mary Harron (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Bolger ... Rebecca
Anne Day-Jones ... Rebecca's Mother
Sarah Gadon ... Lucy
Valerie Tian ... Charley
Melissa Farman ... Dora
Laurence Hamelin Laurence Hamelin ... Sofia
Kathleen Fee Kathleen Fee ... Miss Bobbie
Gia Sandhu ... Kiki
Lily Cole ... Ernessa
Judy Parfitt ... Mrs. Rood
Scott Speedman ... Mr. Davies
Julian Casey ... Rebecca's Father
Steffi Hagel Steffi Hagel ... Young Rebecca
Leif Anderson ... Policeman
Roxan Bourdelais Roxan Bourdelais ... Sofia's Boyfriend
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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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Every girl has her secrets.


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Rated R for some bloody images, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The classical piece Ernessa plays on piano is Chopin's Nocturne no. 1. Lily Cole actually suggested a few different pieces to the director and chose this piece, which she had never heard before. See more »

Quotes

Rebecca: You're wrong. The good things I remember about my father - the walks we took, the fairy tales he read to me - they all really happened.
Ernessa: He read you other fairy tales that you forgot.
[singing]
Ernessa: # My mother, she butchered me. My father, he ate me. My sister, little Anne-Marie, she gathered up the bones of me, and tied them in a silken cloth to lay under the juniper. Tweet, tweet, what a pretty bird am I! #
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Soundtracks

Oranges and Lemons
Traditional arrangement
Adaptation of "The Juniper Tree, Tale 47" by The Brothers Grimm
Performed by Lily Cole
Published by Atlantic Screen Composers Ltd
(Administered by Cascanada SOCAN)
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timepass supernatural thriller...
14 August 2012 | by saadgkhanSee all my reviews

The Moth Diaries - CATCH IT (B-) My expectations for The Moth Diaries were higher ever since I saw its promos and surprisingly at that times I hadn't seen Mary Harron? American Psycho or even Sarah Bolger in The Tudors. Once I saw Sarah Bol ger in The Tudor as Young Bloody Mary Queen of England (A Princess at that time) I was really psyched about it. Though after watching this I got to know that its directed by American Pycho's director. The Moth diaries is a chilling story of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger), a young girl who, haunted by her father's suicide, enrolls in an elite boarding school for girls. Before long, Rebecca's friendship with the popular Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is shattered by the arrival of a dark and mysterious new student named Ernessa (Lily Cole). Rebecca, whose overtures of concern are rejected by Lucy, finds herself lost and confused. Rebecca starts to suspect that Ernessa is a vampire, but, despite the suspicious deaths that begin to occur, her fears are treated as simple girlish jealousy. As the bodies of young girls pile up and the line between reality and the supernatural starts to blur, Rebecca decides to take matters into her own hands and get rid of Ernessa. (RT) Girls or boys living in boarding schools are not a new concept for movies. The concept of the movie is interesting even the execution is but there is something lacking. I couldn't figure that out it might be the production value or just typical scare tactics or its predictable ending. Sarah Bolger is amazing as she was in the Tudors. Sarah Gadon is good. Lucy Cole was made for these kinds of creepy roles. Her face is perfect to play roles like these. Scott Speedman is good but doesn?t have many scenes. On the whole, it?s not scary or even plays with your mind like American Psycho. It turns out to be a time pass supernatural thriller.


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Release Date:

17 May 2012 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,276, 22 April 2012

Gross USA:

$3,838

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$413,035
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