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Girl with a Pearl Earring 2003

A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works...

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This movie is like watching a VerMeer painting "come alive". Each shot seems carefully composed to show the deep contrasts that are so characteristic of his paintings. The sunlight reflects off the subjects, and the girl so closely resembles the girl in the real painting, it's unbelievable.

It was complete and total eye candy, and for anyone who enjoys VerMeer paintings, a must see.
Quiet and silently sexually charged, 'Girl With a Pearl Earing' is a fascinating visual feast that boasts Scarlet Johannsen's best performance of her career."
Beautifully quiet and simple, it is a sublime movie. This is not something for those of us who want a fast-paced, loud, talky work. Girl with a Pearl Earring requires patience, simplicity, and a love of beauty.

Based off of Johannes Vermeer's exquisite potrait, the movie is a fictional account what could have happened. While it probably isn't true (but wouldn't it be fun if it were?), the movie none the less holds it grip upon the right audiences.

I stumbled upon this movie from memory. I remembered seeing a glimpse of it, because my grandmother owns a reprint of the exact same painting, and had watched the movie herself. Years later, as I am beginning to fall in love with Vermeer's work, I remembered the movie about his work.

The story is not grandiose, but that's okay. I felt that there was no need for there to be a complicated story. It suited me fine that the story was rather small compared to the visuals. When dealing with art, I think visuals are more important than stories. As an artist, you put a story to something. You have to figure it out for yourself, and everyone views the world differently. That is why not every artist is the same. One person might see something differently, and Vermeer's work is unique in its own simple way.

If one were to look at a Vermeer painting, you would see his work is not flashy, not loud, not overtly painted. There are only the essentials and then the focals. Nothing is overdone or underdone. It is perfect. And there is the sensual, soft, almost ethereal way he presents his women in quietness that appeals to me most.

It is a calming work. Just like the ocean is calming, Girl with a Pearl Earring quietly reflects 17th century Dutch society. It is a movie that is beautiful, simple, and sophisticated. It does not yield to stereotypes to attract audiences, it is something that you choose to watch at will.
A sensual and emotional movie that pulls on your heart strings...good enough to watch twice.
A beautiful film, but the plot holds no revelations, and moves at glacial speed (indeed, you occasionally feel that you are watching paint dry). The story holds nothing new and is so buried by nuance that you just can't seem to care about Johannson's plight as a young woman virtually sold into servitude who catches the eye of the master painter Vermeer in whose household she works.

However, the sets and cinematography are stunning - still lifes come to life (more or less) as in "all the days of the world".

I can imagine how this film was pitched to the studio:"wouldn't it be cool if we took a famous painting of a young woman and built a back story around it - and we could use sets as still life to make it all arty and about art".

It is truly about art - more than about any emotion that may trickle onto the screen. Even Tom Wilkinsen's lothario and patron plays false and his "deal" with Vermeer, while oddly kinky (trying to live vicariously through what he perceives in Vermeer and the maiden)could have been much stronger - and even when he semi rapes the girl it seems abrupt and another "set piece".

That Johannson has fallen for Vermeer is obvious and I suppose there is a pity in being trapped in her "station", and while I understand her getting sex from her "friend" the butcher's son immediatily after getting groped by Wilkinsen, it still seemed just a shade off, even though I appreciated the understated way in which she turned down the son's offer of marriage (for her heart and soul belonged to Vermeer).

The insights into an artist's eye are what kept my interest (that and the visuals), and it was a revelation learning what went into the formulation of colors.

To conclude, this film is worthy as a work of art, but the drama was as repressed as the Victorian mores of the times in which the film represents.
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