Rebecca, a young girl haunted by her father’s suicide, begins her junior year at an elite girls boarding school, hoping for a fresh start. From the outset, her friendship with sunny, innocent Lucy is shattered by the arrival of Ernessa, a mysterious, dark and beautiful girl from Europe. As Ernessa consumes more and more of Lucy’s attention, the latter’s healthy young body grows pale, thin and weak – as if being drained of life itself.
Her friendship with Lucy slipping away, Rebecca develops a crush on her handsome English professor, Mr. Davies, who is teaching a course on supernatural literature. Obsessed with Carmilla, the vampire story that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, she grows increasingly suspicious of Ernessa’s odd behavior and Lucy’s wasting illness, and when mysterious deaths shock the school, becomes convinced that Ernessa is a vampire. Rebecca finds herself isolated when the other girls dismiss her suspicions as mere jealousy and Mr. Davies betrays her trust. As Lucy’s inexplicable illness turns deadly, Rebecca is left alone to battle with Ernessa for the life of her friend.
The supernatural elements in The Moth Diaries are rooted in the real experience of a young girl faced with her emerging sexuality and caught in a web of obsessive friendship, jealousy and betrayal. A powerful emotional drama where eroticism and death are entwined. –Wild Bunch
Canadian writer and director Mary Harron first made an impact on the world of American independent cinema with her 1996 feature directorial debut I Shot Andy Warhol. The widely acclaimed film, which detailed the short, strange life of S.C.U.M Manifesto author Valerie Solanas, earned both an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Film and a Special Jury Award for star Lili Taylor at the 1996 Sundance Festival.
The daughter of celebrated Canadian actor Don Harron, she was educated at Oxford University and began her career as a rock journalist. One of the founders of Punk magazine, the first publication dedicated solely to punk rock, Harron was the first writer to interview the Sex Pistols for an American publication. She also worked for a number of British publications, including New Musical Express, for which she wrote a history of the Velvet Underground, and Melody Maker, for which she wrote a detailed history of Andy Warhol and the Factory.
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well, it's not so captivating in the end but at least it has a certain visual aesthetic and I really like the way that the literary references are used,it's nice to see some characters surrounded with books once in a while.and it's not bad at all considering the other dozens of weak examples of the genre.
I would have gobbled this up when I was 14, but I'm not 14, I'm 21 and my attention wavered throughout it. It felt very choppy, and I blame that for the actresses' poor performances – which is disappointing because it had a lot of potential to be ethereal and haunting in the same respect as "Let the Right One In".
A movie the critics got wrong. First of all, it's not a horror movie, it's a gothic psychodrama. The allure is in untangling the real from imagined. Is what’s on-screen real or is it the character’s subjective reality altered by jealousy and psychosis? It is similar to ‘American Psycho' in this respect. Unfortunately, ‘The Moth Diaries’ is the sort of film most modern audiences lack the attention-span to appreciate.