The story is set in an all-girls elite boarding school, long way off in England. The year is 1934, and the social hierarchy among the students are ever so balanced. Di (Juno Temple) is the top dog, and most importantly the very much loved and admired teacher Miss G's (Eva Green) favorite student. Miss G is running a diving team with the girls. Among the pupils are also; Lily (Ellie Nunn), Poppy (Imogen Poots), Laurel (Adele McCann), Rosie (Zoe Carroll) and Fuzzy (Clemmie Dugdale). All the girls biggest idol is Miss G, and things they do and say is all a strategy to get her regard.
Miss G herself, has noticed this of course and puts loads of energy into be the best, modern female role model they could ever have. She shows Di some "forbidden" sensual books, which Di appreciates greatly. She learns the girls to be spontaneous, like running out in the middle of the night and take a lovely swim, (nude). But what the girls like the best, is to listen to all the wild, romantic and exotic adventures Miss G had experienced before she became a teacher.
The world is rocked for many, but specially Di, when a new student arrives to school, Fiamma (Maria Valverde)...
Fiamma is not just another girl from a rich family, who are sent to this school to become a fine, cultivated young woman.
Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, Fiamma is from a very wealthy and influential family of spanish ancestry.
Di, Poppy and Rosie gets envious of her beautiful clothes, expensive perfumes, ect. and they make fun of Fiamma's asthma.
It soon stands clear that Fiamma is a natural born talent when it comes to diving (and many other things) and soon all of Miss G's affection is focused solely on Fiamma.
Fiamma hate it at the boarding school (not very much because of the bullying) and she sees through Miss G very quickly, Fiamma who despite her young age has been around the world very much...
Miss G has for some time developed an almost obsession with Fiamma, her stunning beauty, kindness, talents and amazing cultivation besides having traveled around the world...
When Fiamma rejects Miss G's friendly invitations, Miss G turns her anger towards the other girls.
I love the atmosphere, and social intrigues and the character developments in this movie. And above that, it's so beautifully shot!
It's only the end scene (and the scene leading to it), with Fiamma, I have a hard time to swallow....To me it ruined the whole film because of it's ridiculously prevailing drama. Very soapy.
Very good job anyway by director Jordan Scott! I hope she soon continues making movies!
The focus in "Cracks" is desire and what you are willing to do for that desire. But thereīs also topics such as loneliness, jealousy, isolation, bullying, innocence, sexuality, group pressure, complexity and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Been fascinated by Eva Green since "Kingdom Of Heaven" and "Casino Royale". Those dark eyes, pale skin and freckled appearance are heavenly. However, her performance as Miss G ends up in the overacting list for me and I simply felt she was over the top in a way that you just couldīt really believe her character. I reckon she tried hard to become Miss G with all her obsessive-compulsive disorders and disintegrated personality, however the end result is not convincing me. I particularly donīt like Juno Temple, I canīt put my finger on it, but she just doesnīt do it for me. I reckon I was hoping for a female "Dead Poets Society" and in one way it is, but the dramatisation and acting (way too theatrical) is simply not strong enough in my book. Itīs nicely shot and edited, but thatīs really not enough. "Cracks" is a bit of a disappointment.