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I'm not so great at writing reviews (I hated writing book reviews in grade school and just don't feel I do the things I'd be reviewing justice now), but I'd at least like to recommend the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring. I watched it tonight thinking that it might not be very good and I could discard it afterwards to make space for another dvd, but instead, I found it to be excellent - a gorgeous period fairy tale of sorts in the style of Ever After (that is, without magic or fairies). The movie follows a (late-teenaged?) girl [Scarlet Johanssen, from Lost in Translation, which I also highly recommend] who becomes a maid at the house of the Dutch painter Vermeer.

Beautiful cinematography (and they supposedly were highly authentic to the 17th century time period in their filming, from the house design, to the costumes, to the exterior shots of Delft). Very nice soundtrack. Excellent -subtle- acting. I highly enjoyed it.

(Note that I have not read the book on which the movie was based, so I can't say whether or not it is faithful to the text.)

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