October 21, 2005
Studio: Leisure Time Features
Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Starring: Helene de Fougerolles, Marion Cotillard
Copyright Holder: N/A
In a subterranean boarding school, hidden beneath a forest in some undetermined time and place, a group of little girls gather around a coffin. The coffin lid opens and six-year-old Iris emerges. Bianca, the eldest of the group, introduces Iris to this strange but pleasant school, home to some thirty girls. There are no adults here, save for some old servants and two young teachers: Mademoiselle Edith (Helene de Fougerolles) and Mademoiselle Eva (Marion Cotillard). Iris quickly discovers the rules of the school, where teaching centers on dance, physical education and biology. Obedience is paramount—any boarder who would rebel and try to escape is condemned to remain in the park and serve the others forever. Iris grows accustomed to her new life but she is troubled by a mystery: every evening at nine a subterranean rumbling is heard and Bianca leaves the house to attend a secret meeting. One evening, Iris follows her to the big house where the teachers live. Inside, all seems to be deserted. Even Bianca appears to have vanished into thin air...