Directed by: Peter Webber
Lead roles: Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson, Judy Parfitt, Cillian Murphy
Based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier, published 1999.
Summary: Dutch Republic, 1665: After her father lost his eye sight, 17-year-old Griet is sent as a maid to the house of the famous painter Johannes Vermeer. One of her tasks is to clean his studio where he sees her, secretly admiring his work. He likes her interest and talks to her about art, and as he realizes just how much she understands of his world and can see the colors just like he can, she eventually is given the task to mix his precious colors for him. Later on, Vermeers rich patron van Ruijven, who is attracted to Griet, requests a painting of the beautiful maid which has to be kept secret from the lady of the house, Johannes's wife Catharina, because she is already jealous of all the time and attention her husband is giving to his paintings, knowing he spent time with Griet would set her off. However, she eventually finds out just before the painting is finished and out of the house. Jealous and devastated, because her husband would never paint her, yet a mere servant girl, she tries to destroy the painting, but of course Johannes won't let her. Instead, she throws Griet out of the house - together with the pearl earrings that the girl had worn for the picture without permission.
Historical drama.... really boring plotwise, but the tension on the emotional level - which is the focus of the movie - are great. To catch the atmosphere of a theme that is so simple, yet so complex must've been a real hard task, but it turned out good. I think it's because the movie focuses on the little things, simple but detailed, saying so many things without actually using words like only film can. Kinda makes me want to read the book so I can compare...
Rating: Plot: 4/5 -- Characters: 3/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5 -- Style: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5