A film without surprises, aesthetically appealing but a little bit too simple and predictable in treating its subject (even regarding the contents of the dialogues). The repetitive score of Javier Navarrete with its everlasting piano pling-pling on the same chord patterns is difficult to stand after half an hour.
Took a while to get going but eventually reaches its inevitable 'climax'. Strange other worldly setting. Not quite Lord of the Flies meets St Trinians (or is it Jean Brodie?) but it does have a derivative feel about it. Not sure I'd want to meet reptilian Eva Green on a foggy night, And so many unanswered questions about the school...
They are women - therefore beautiful, elegant and sensual. Who cares that the story itself it's pretty much about an adult attracted by underage girls? A movie about women, with only women characters - and yet paradoxically one of the sexiest movie I have ever watched.
Reminiscent of 'Innocence' (2004) with languid, genteel refinement permeated with an undercurrent of absolute sexual horror. Juno Temple concentrates a wild array of emotions into a subtle, dense performance that anchors the film. Eva Green is also very good but makes some astonishingly provocative/ offensive (mileage will vary) statements in the DVD extras. More disturbing than expected.
I don't think the reason Mr. Universe could not get into it was because it was "too much of a so-called chick flick," but because the story was too predictable and some parts were not acted well enough. I myself have some guilty-pleasure chick flicks among my favorites, but I don't think a film that centers around a completely female cast, or a female group dynamic, should immediately be classified as such.