Because Cracks will get a theatrical release after the festival, I’m not allowed to post a full review at this time. Here’s a quick capsule:
Set in an English boarding school in 1934, Cracks’ good moments never make up for the bad. The characters may at one moment seem realistic and fascinating, and at the next do something utterly unbelievable with no motivation other than the demands of the plot. Eva Green of The Dreamers and Casino Royale gets top billing as the unconventional and loved teacher who proves to be less than she appears, and I liked the way the film slowly reveals the degree in which she’s been living a lie. But Green’s performance goes way over the top near the end. The death of one character is so bluntly foreshadowed it was almost ridiculous.
I’ve seen so many wonderful films at this year’s festival, yet this mediocrity is the one getting a theatrical release. Why? It’s in English, and the new, young director, Jordan Scott, is the daughter of Ridley Scott. Such is show business.
You can catch Cracks again today (Sunday) at 9:15 at the Kabuki, or you can wait until it’s at your local multiplex. Better yet, you can skip it.