Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy
Parfitt, Cillian Murphy
by: Peter Webber
Written by:Olivia Hetreed
Produced by: Andy Paterson, Anand Tucker
her father is blinded in a kiln explosion, seventeen
year old Griet must work to support her family. She
becomes a maid in the house of Johannes Vermeer and
gradually attracts the master painter's attention. Though
worlds apart in upbringing, education and social standing,
Vermeer recognizes Griet's intuitive understanding of
colour and light and slowly draws her into the mysterious
world of his paintings.
Vermeer is a perfectionist, often taking months to finish
a painting. His shrewd mother-in-law, Maria Thins, struggles
to maintain the family's lavish lifestyle on the income
from his painstakingly meagre output. Seeing that Griet
inspires Vermeer, she takes the dangerous decision to
allow their clandestine relationship to develop.
Alone and unprotected, Griet also contends with the
attentions of Pieter, a local butcher boy, and Vermeer's
patron, the wealthy and lascivious Master van Ruijven,
who is frustrated that his money does not buy him control
over the artist. While Griet falls increasingly under
Vermeer's spell, she cannot be sure of his feelings
The Machiavellian van Ruijven, sensing the intimacy
between master and maid, gleefully contrives a commission
for Vermeer to paint Griet alone.
those not familiar with the Johannes Vermeer work of
art on which this movie is based: think Mona Lisa...
only really HOT!
Not only is Scarlett Johansson exactly the same age
as the girl with the pearl earring, she is an almost
perfect doppelganger in looks. Add to that she's an
actor of exceptional talent and you have a truly OSCARWORTHY
performance. It's all in the eyes. Supported by a first
rate mostly Brit cast including the masterful Tom Wilkinson.
Heartbreaking. Mysterious. Knowing. Unknowing.
Scarlett Johansson is remarkable as
Girl With A Pearl Earring.