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Girl with Pearl Earring

This quiet yet moving visual adaptation of Tracy Chevalier's novel of the same name directed by Peter Webber, is a gorgeous example of art imitating art. Inspired by the famed and enigmatic painting by the 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, it tells the tale behind the portrait of a young girl. The darkly handsome actor Colin Firth plays Vermeer and the equally mystifying actress Scarlet Johansson plays Griet, the daughter of a disabled tile-maker who is forced to become a maid in the residence of the painter. The two strike up an intimate yet non-sexual relationship that disrupts the balance of a power in a household consisting of an ever-pregnant wife, a domineering mother-in-law and neglected, bitter children.