Girl With A Pearl Earring


Peter Webber's adaptation of Tracy Chevalier's novel is an emotionally chaste, middlebrow period film that's too repressed to make an impression.

Set in 17th-century Delft, it's a supple riff on an interpretation of Vermeer's painting of a servant girl. Webber filters it beautifully through Vermeer's style and Scarlett Johansson's outstanding as the lass who impresses the painter. But Colin Firth makes a routinely grumpy Vermeer and Webber's very meticulousness undoes him: the film feels less alive, more stuffy and academic.

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