The Girl Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Girl

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    15 (UK): Contains strong sex references.

  • The pitch:

    Hitchcock's Hedrenistic obsession.

  • Starring:

    Sienna Miller, Toby Jones, Imelda Staunton, Conrad Kemp, Penelope Wilton, Angelina Ingpen

  • Directed by:

    Julian Jarrold

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), TV14 (USA)


    A woman is attacked by mechanical and real birds during a film scene. Smashed glass. Arguing, screaming. A woman accidentally lashes out at her daughter. Rape mentioned. A man subjects a woman to unnecessarily harsh workplace treatment in order to exact revenge. Blood/gore: Blood on face, knees, arms, legs. Scratches, grazes. Clawed eye, removing glass from face mentioned.


    An older man makes repeated sexual advances, demands toward a younger woman. Infidelity. Kissing, flirting, ogling. Multiple references to sexual activity, desire; sexual slang. Impotence mentioned. A man pulls down a woman's blouse in a film scene. Woman in shower (genitals not seen).


    Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits, cocktails), intoxicated behaviour. Smoking (cigars, cigarettes).


    F-words, s-words, a-words, slang for male genitalia, porker. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.


    Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds, Marnie, Tippi Hedren, film-making, obsession, perversion, revenge, unwanted attraction, victimisation, success, fame, acting, single motherhood.


    Birds (seagulls, ravens, peachfaces, pigeons), horses, bird poo. Taxidermy (eagle). Divorce, cancer mentioned. Roasting birds mentioned, roast beef. Fur (stole and coat) worn.


    Good performance from Sienna Miller. Good period detail.


    Caricatured depictions of Hitchcock and Alma. Creepy, dull execution. Brutalises Hitchcock as a bully, pervert. Imelda Staunton wasted in her role as Alma.

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