The Finishing School (The House That Screamed) (The Boarding School) (La Residencia) (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Finishing School (The House That Screamed) (The Boarding School) (La Residencia) (1971)

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Movie Info

This stylishly eerie Spanish production stars elegant Lili Palmer as the severe headmistress of a French boarding school for young women, where the rigid constraints of 19th-century social conditioning have turned the place into a hothouse of barely contained sexual urges (leading to lots of gauzy shots of the girls slinking about in their nightgowns). Into this heady mix is introduced Palmer's deranged son (John Moulder Brown), whose frustrated desires have forced his latent psychotic urges to the surface, compelling him to stalk the hapless boarders in the hope of acquiring body parts for a horrific human jigsaw puzzle. Quite intense for its time, this film represented a new boldness in style among European thrillers which would reach its peak during the 1970s. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Lilli Palmer
as Senora Fourneau
Paloma Pagés
as Margarita
Tomas Bianco
as Pedro Baldie
Cándida Losada
as Senorita Desprez
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Critic Reviews for The Finishing School (The House That Screamed) (The Boarding School) (La Residencia)

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Splendid study of gothic repression and women on the verge

October 2, 2011 | Full Review…
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for The Finishing School (The House That Screamed) (The Boarding School) (La Residencia)

½

why are so many of these set in girls' boarding schools? oh never mind

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Murders at a boarding school for wayward, sexually repressed girls. Though set in France and Spanish in origin, it's very much in the Italian giallo style; slow moving but well made, with some very stylish touches. Giallo fanatics will want to bump that star rating up a notch or two.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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