Bottom Line: Ridley’s daughter makes her directing debut with this stylishly unstuffy period piece.
Eva Green successfully leaves Bond behind as a free-spirited teacher at a British girls boarding school who isn’t all she’s cracked up to be in the erotically-laced period drama, “Cracked.”
Marking an assured feature debut by Jordan Scott (the daughter of Sir Ridley), the gorgeously appointed film might have benefited from a subtler touch, especially in its later frames, but the performances she coaxes from her all-female cast receive top marks.
Placement with a specialty outfit is a no-brainer.
The year is 1934, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it the way Green’s Miss G struts down the halls of the elite girls’ school where she instructs her swimming students that desire is the most important aspect of life.
With her cigarettes and silk pants she’s the embodiment of cool sensuality, but the arrival of an exotic Spanish student (Maria Valverde) causes irreparable fissures to form in that carefully cultivated facade.
Adapted by Scott, Ben Court and Caroline Ip from the novel by Sheila Kohler, the film neatly sets up the inevitable triangular power struggle between popular Miss G, the new girl and the resident mean girl (the superb Juno Temple), but once the heated plot kicks into gear, Scott gets a little heavy-handed with all those meaningful glances.
But she lends just the right weight to that tangible sexual tension hanging in the air and elicits confident performances, especially from Temple and Green, whose disarming stare can go from sultry to intimidating with the unblinking of an eye.
Production contributions are top drawer, led by cinematographer John Mathieson (a frequent collaborator of her father’s), whose radiant compositions — particularly those slow-motion diving sequences — strike the desired sensual chord.
Venue: Toronto International Film Festival (Distributor)
Production companies: Cracks The Film Ltd., Element Pictures, Future Films, Industry Entertainment, John Wells Prods., Killer Films, Scott Free Prods.
Sales: HandMade Films International
No rating, 104 minutes
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Following their screenings at the 34th Toronto Film Festival this week, Irish films ‘Cracks’ and ‘A Shine Of Rainbows’ have been chosen alongside ‘His & Hers’ and short films ‘The Mill’ and ‘If I Should Fall Behind’ for the 53rd London Film Festival which takes place next month.
Jordan Scott’s ‘Cracks’ starring Eva Green (‘Casino Royale’) will screen as part of the Film on the Square part of the festival whereas Vic Sarin’s ‘A Shine of Rainbows’ starring Aidan Quinn (‘Legends of the Fall’) and Connie Nelson (‘Gladiator’) has been selected for the World Cinema section. Ken Wardrop’s feature documentary ‘His & Hers’ will screen in the festival’s Europa programme.
‘The Mill’ directed by David Freyne (‘The Man in 301’), tells the story of a young boy who awakens whilst camping to discover he is entirely alone. It has been selected for the Landscape as Character short film programme while ‘If I Should Fall Behind’ from Morgan Bushe (Mr. Crocodile in the Cupboard’) deals with parents who are unable to deal with a family death leaving it up to their son to carry them all through their grief and has been selected for a section in the festival called The Young.
The 53rd London Film Festival takes place 14 – 29 October and will hold screenings all over London, including outdoor screenings of films on Trafalgar Square.
Portraits: Eva Green, Ridley and Jordan Scott, Juno Temple and María Valverde.
Here’s the first official shot of Ewan and Eva. Don’t they look gorgeous together? 😉
Eva Green, Juno Temple and Maria Valverde, who lead an ensemble cast in the movie Cracks, which marks the feature film directorial debut of Jordan Scott.
The film looks fantastic and as Jordan is the daughter of Ridley Scott and niece of Tony, this should not come as a surprise. The movie is based on Sheila Kohler’s novel about a teacher at a posh boarding school who drills her students in the nature of desire.
Ms Green oozes desire and so do a few of her girls. But when a new pupil from Spain arrives at the school, she doesn’t desire what it wishes to provide her with.
The girl is played by Ms Valverde and she’s terrific. She’s the one who spots the cracks in Ms Green’s reputation, but she has to pay a high price for what she unravels. The film’s playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend and will be featured at the Times BFI London Film festival next month.
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Ewan McGregor and Eva Green are currently filming David Mackenzie’s The Last Word in Glasgow.
McGregor and Mackenzie last worked together on Young Adam, which screened in official selection in Cannes.
The Last Word, written by prolific Danish writer Kim Fupz Aakeson, was sold in Cannes by TrustNordisk. It is being billed as “a story about two people who fall in love just as the world starts falling apart”.
It is a co-production between Sigma Films (Scotland), Zentropa (Denmark) and Amusementpark Films (Germany. It will be produced by Gillian Berrie, Sisse Graum Jorgensen and Malte Grunert. It is supported by Scottish Screen.
This is director Mackenzie’s sixth feature film, following Spread, one of the highest selling films at Sundance thisyear; Hallam Foe, the Berlinale Silver Bear winning film with Jamie Bell in the eponymous role; the erotic thriller Asylum for which its star, Natasha Richardson, won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress; Young Adam, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Mortimer which won a host of awards including four Scottish BAFTAs; and thriller The Last Great Wilderness.
Breaking my break to let you know that Eva is currently filming The Last Word in Glasgow with Ewan McGregor. I’ll be adding photos later.
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Between futurist Franklyn in which she’s playing a lost soul and the filming for Shame (Remake Mona Lisa) with Mickey Rourke in New York City the James Bond Girl doesn’t get bored.
She relaxes in taking Japanese lessons and little trips to Italy.
Holidaying means to you…? Relaxing and discover y. I’ve troubles resting immobile for a couple of hours. I like going around and to explore my environment.
Eva Green, 28, is a French actress famous for playing Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale as well as roles in Kingdom Of Heaven and The Golden Compass. She is an ambassador for Montblanc’s Signature For Good campaign to help Unicef combat illiteracy.
Why did you get involved in this Unicef campaign?
Everyone deserves the chance to get a proper education – this campaign helps raise money for families so they can send their children to school. That’s something we take for granted coming from a developed country.
You were raised in France but live in England. Which do you prefer?
Well, the Eurostar is magical so thankfully I can enjoy both but I love living in London because it makes me feel alive. I have so much freedom here because I’m away from my family.
You’re working on two new movies: Cracks and Womb. Rather unfortunate titles…
Ha, ha, yes, I suppose. In Cracks I play a mysterious teacher called Miss G. She works at an elite 1930s girls’ boarding school where she seduces and falls in love with one of her female pupils. It was exactly the same as playing a straight character, it didn’t make a difference whether it was a woman or a man, although I guess the subject is quite taboo. It’s the directorial debut of Jordan Scott, Ridley Scott’s daughter, and she’s created something intense, unusual and very passionate.