Jordan Scott makes her feature film directorial debut with IFC’s Cracks, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Sheila Kohler. Wandering far below the commercial industry’s radar, the rather disturbing picture should raise a brow or two within the indie circuit. Starring Eva Green, Imogen Poots, and Juno Temple, the film hits select theaters Friday, March 18.
Check out the review below…
- Director: Jordan Scott
- Producers: Kwesi Dickson, Julie Payne, Andrew Lowe
- Novel: Sheila Kohler
- Screenwriters: Caroline Court, Ben Ip
- Cast: Eva Green, Imogen Poots, Juno Temple, Maria Valverde
The story follows a small diving team at a prestigious all-girls boarding school on an eerily remote countryside in England. The team, led by their feisty captain, Di (Temple) is quite captivated by and constantly vying for the attention of their glamorous coach/teacher, Ms. G (Green), a beautiful, worldly, vivacious alumni. When transfer Spanish student, Fiamma (Valverde) shows up with an olympic dive and a laundry list of cultural engagements under her belt, the competition gets hot. Sharing an affinity for her travels and impressed with her maturity, Ms G takes to her immediately – which obviously enrages Di and the rest of the team. But when Ms. G’s seemingly innocent favoritism slowly spirals into a dark, erotic obsession, shit hits the fan. Both the team and the audience realize Miss G isn’t quite who she claims to be…
- Themes There’s a major coming of age/loss of innocence factor lining this multi-textured piece. Kohler explores the the starry-eyed delusions of youth and how dangerously impressionable a child can be when enamored with an idea – in this case, the artificial persona Miss G uses to “enchant” her team. The film offers an extreme example of the ramifications of adult misguidance, and how a lack of normal societal exposure can be quite detrimental to a human being’s general perspective.
- Performances: The material is quite heavy, requiring young actresses with range beyond their years/realms of experience. Every performance was noteworthy, but Valverde and Temple were simply exceptional, nailing an array of emotional angles.
- Chicks: This is female-driven piece featuring an ensemble of very young women – both rare and refreshing.
- Tone: Scott immediately establishes an unwavering vibe for this film with color palettes, setting, camera work, and a score that all reinforce the sinister energy of the story.
- Miss G’s Fall From Grace: Miss G’s little slip off the deep end was almost too abrupt to seem believable, which can either be attributed to a poor performance or a glitch in the writing. Giving the audience a subtle taste of this character’s psychosis would’ve brought a little more suspense to the first act and made the overall story far more fluid.
- Eek: It’s not always impossible to enjoy a disturbing, controversial film as long as it ultimately presents something slightly redemptive. Scott definitely cleans up the mess, but by then you’re exhausted from cringing.
- No Commercial Appeal: This movie doesn’t have an ounce of commercial appeal…not an ounce. Why? Re-read the plot.
Did I like it? No. Did I appreciate it? Yes. It’s a well made film that I would never, ever sit through twice.