Eva Green's new film, Cracks, allows her to once again to display spectacular acting and an enviable anatomy. Green is renowned for her beautiful appearance, so much so that she secured her breakthrough role of Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006). She debuted her sophisticated Parisian charm alongside Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel in Bernado Bertolluci's The Dreamers (2003), and now Green seems to have built up a strong filmography to display her many talents.
Director Jordan Scott presents his seductive full-length debut with careful technique, using luxurious costumes, well-selected actors and elegant settings to craft a specific atmosphere for the backdrop to such an intricate plot. As a self-confessed nerd with a love for the more disturbing of film directors (like Lars Von Trier and David Lynch), it's only fitting that Eva Green goes for roles involving complex and generally unstable characters. And here she goes again in 'Cracks', playing the character of Miss G, a young and free-spirited teacher in a conventional, austere 1930s British boarding school. Green handles Miss G's repressed insanity with delicacy and precision, progressively exposing elements of instability as the film develops. She's captivating and crazy and extremely versatile, which is enhanced further by the rather marvellous acting from Juno Temple and Maria Valverde. Miss G's glamorous charisma and independence both inspires and mesmerises the adolescent students, culminating into subtle implications of teenage lust and a longing for freedom.
New girl Fiamma (Valverde), a Spanish aristocrat of blessed visual quality, arrives at the school and thus upsets the social makeup according to moody rascal Di Radfield (Temple). Cracks begin to form in Miss G's long-established reputation as the pupils' idolised teacher and friend, until her yearning for adoration and admiration from 'her girls' manifests into a dangerous and uncontrollable hunger. Green's tantalising presence amongst the girls allows for engaging viewing as she slowly exposes her own personal desires, descending into a somewhat uncomfortable display of adult invasion into childhood innocence.
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Rated: UK15/running time: 104 mins/language: English.