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Enough twists and turns at the end to make you feel dizzy!
on 26 April 2008
This is a clever `who-dunnit?' but is sadly let down by a made-for-TV look that feels as though you're watching an old VHS recently found from behind the settee.
It's pretty well acted, I say pretty well because the performances won't take your breath away - but they're convincing enough to believe the characters. Sophia Myles looks to have enough childhood innocence to pull off a teenage obsession with American art teacher Matthew Van Huet. A risky affair - especially when he happens to be married to Veronica, the owner of the private school. His extra-curricular activities, both with the schoolgirl, and as a forger (passing off his own paintings as his dads) to fund the school soon lead the small cast into a murderous labyrinth, with lots of twists and dead ends.
By the end of the film you have to have your wits about you. The pace of the film is slow, but the empty school gives an eery, almost 'The Shining'-esque feel. The film kicks into action for the last half hour or so as your power of investigation is given a thorough workout. By the time the credits are rolling you might feel a bit dazed as you mentally run through what you've just seen to ensure who understand who did what to whom.