''Girl With a Pearl Earring'' is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned) for shadowy sexual innuendo and suggestive situations.
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
Directed by Peter Webber; written by Olivia Hetreed, based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier; director of photography, Eduardo Serra; edited by Kate Evans; music by Alexandre Desplat; production designer, Ben van Os; produced by Andy Paterson and Anand Tucker; released by Lions Gate Films. Running time: 99 minutes. This film is rated PG-13.
WITH: Colin Firth (Johannes Vermeer), Scarlett Johansson (Griet), Tom Wilkinson (van Ruijven), Judy Parfitt (Maria Thins), Cillian Murphy (Pieter) and Essie Davis (Catharina).
At the start of ''Girl With a Pearl Earring,'' Griet (Scarlett Johansson) is shown peeling an onion, an image as metaphor rarely seen outside first-semester filmmaking classes. The determination visible in such an effort communicates Importance Writ Large. And the film, adapted by Olivia Hetreed from Tracy Chevalier's novel, does have a great subject: the story surrounding an artwork shrouded in mystery and a project that ruins a woman's reputation yet ensures her a place in history.
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