Monday, March 14, 2016

Movie review: The Girl in the Book

Though her boss is a bit of a jerk, Alice is doing well as an editorial assistant at a New York publishing house. But when an older novelist from her past who seduced her as a teen becomes a client, her life and work become much more complicated as Alice must confront a part of her past she believed was over.

Emily VanCamp (Alice), Michael Nyqvist (Milan), Ana Mulvoy-Ten (Young Alice), Talia Balsam (Mom), Ali Ahn (Sadie), Mason Yam (Tyler), Courtney Daniels (Lynn), Jordan Lage (Jack), Michael Cristofer (Dad).

The Girl in the Book is a bit slow to start while character introductions and plot setup take place. As the main plot begins to unfold things get a bit more interesting but there is a fair amount here that isn't explained. Instead the film gives just enough information for us to question things like morality and sexuality without simply accepting them as presented. The result is a somewhat disturbing story that tries to softly engage the subjects of child molestation, manipulation, and promiscuity.

Acting from VanCamp was good with nice delivery of emotion and energy. Nyqvist delivered well, and seemed to work well with VanCamp. Mulvoy-Ten fit her role very well and did quite nicely throughout. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid and enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds felt pretty good if somewhat bland but natural at the same time. Dialogue was enjoyable with enough depth for the storyline without feeding us every thought the film was intended to generate. Sound and soundtrack were good.

The Girl in the Book was interesting but not energetic. This is a film that may have intense impact on some and even be triggering, while others may find it a plodding and slow drama that lacks energy. Strong drama fans should enjoy this the most.

With some disturbing sexuality and adult situations, save this one for older mature teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 2.28.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Independent Drama, Independent Movies

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