Director: Park Chan-wook
Scenario: Wentworth Miller (yup, the guy from the Prison Break)
Mia Wasikowska (Alice!) and Nicole Kidman are in main roles as well as the hottest Matthew Goode.
Mia is very different from her role as Alice, but I quite liked her dark character in this movie. Nicole Kidman, never being picky, chose her role as a self-loving, high-class mom. Matthew Goode made a very good job of portraying a mysterious uncle and again, he’s sooooo, very, almost tooooo hot.
This movie is my personal favorite that I even bought a blu-ray of it. Who even has blu-rays these days? Even after a few years, this movie never stops capturing my attention with its mysterious and peculiar storyline and mood.
Story is about a girl India Stoker (hence the movie title), her mom (Nicole Kidman) and about India’s uncle (Matthew Goode). All of whom have some secrets except India’s mom and that is the key factor in the plot. The twist of fate is very interesting, but what makes the movie alluring is the fact that it does not contain any sex scenes and actually replaced them with something very unique. The idea of that particular scene is very erotic rather than watching the sex scene directly.
This movie is a slow-burn, artsy movie, depressing in a sense and a very unique one.
The main role that Mia played was originally planned to be casted by Rooney Mara and Kristen Stewart. Emma Roberts would have also been a good cast, in my opinion.
On casting Nicole Kidman, the director Park Chan-wook insisted on casting her and even decided to shoot the movie in Nashville where Nicole Kidman’s family live. Wow, I wish I had that much power!
Talking about the script. I was so surprised to know that the script was written by Wentworth Miller! He wrote the script under a pen name Ted Foulke. The script can be seen from here on pdf.
I haven’t read all of it, but I noticed some minor changes, but overall the storyline and the lines were the same.
For the role of Uncle Charlie that Matthew Goode played, I think they couldn’t have found a better actor. Colin Firth, James Franco were also considered for the role, but I’m happy that in the end, they decided to use Matthew. Colin Firth actually would have been a good role for India’s dead father. (Not spoiler)
sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse.
My ears hear what others cannot hear; small faraway things people cannot normally see are visible to me. These senses are the fruits of a lifetime of longing, longing to be rescued, to be completed. Just as the skirt needs the wind to billow, I’m not formed by things that are of myself alone. I wear my father’s belt tied around my mother’s blouse, and shoes which are from my uncle. This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for what we have come to be. Only once you realize this do you become free, and to become adult is to become free.
This movie is so peculiar in its own way and people often don’t understand of its “goodness” and the message it delivers. If you like weird, indie movies, then this one’s for you.