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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Good performance from Sienna Miller. Good period detail.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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