The Dead Girl

The Dead Girl

DVD - 2007
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The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seven seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.

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Nursebob
Jan 22, 2015

When the mutilated body of a young woman is found in a field the discovery serves as a catalyst of sorts in the lives of four different people. There’s the spinster living with her controlling bitch of a mother who finds the courage to start a life of her own; the med student working at the local morgue who believes the murdered woman is her long-lost sister and hopes the discovery will bring her family some closure; the bitter neglected wife who suspects her husband may have had something to do with the killing; and, finally, the mother of the dead girl who ends up making some startling discoveries about her daughter’s secret life. Each story is presented as a separate vignette tied to the others by the barest of threads. The film then ends with a final chapter in which we follow the victim herself in the last hours of her life. Even though they are not related, these women share one thing in common; each one is emotionally frozen as they struggle to deal with issues of unresolved grief. Moncrieff makes excellent use of colour and composition with scenes going from sharp-edged reality to softly shaded reverie and the downbeat musical score keeps it together. Unfortunately, even though each story would make a fantastic short on its own, strung together they threaten to sink the film under the weight of their combined misery. But thanks to an extremely talented cast and her own tight direction Moncrieff manages to keep things afloat. This technique of storytelling may have been used before with greater effect, but The Dead Girl remains a decent drama that is both tragic and compelling.

aaa5756 Jul 16, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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bstudent
Dec 18, 2011

this was good, odd how the scenes stack up <lingering curiously> but ends strong and tell's an f'd up story

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Tj2C
Dec 16, 2010

The acting are very good ! Worth watching ! especially the old actress in the part of "The husband".

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stse88
Jul 14, 2010

Fairly good drama. Good acting; interesting enough script.

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“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” -Franklin D Roosevelt

aaa5756 Jul 16, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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