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Reminded me of the girls' school books of Elinor Brent Dyer and Elsie Oxenham.
on 14 April 2016
In so many ways this reminded me of the girls' school books of Elinor Brent Dyer (Chalet School series) and Elsie Oxenham (Abbey School series) and set in the 1930s it befits those so well. I couldn't help noticing that, in the early scenes for sure, Imogen Poots (Poppy) bears an uncanny resemblance to Kate Winslet (Juliet Hulme) in her first film Heavenly Creatures (1994). I enjoyed the film and it deserves the full 5 stars even though I felt the story lacked stimulus in the first hour and I confess to becoming just a little tired of it until things do eventually develop. The cinematography is excellent, filmed on location in Ireland and at Shepperton Studios. The soundtrack is also top class. I doubt I would watch it a second time.