All of the characters are strong in this well made, period piece. Collin Firth's most excellent portrayal of Vermeer, Scarlett Johansson as Griet, the Vermeer Family maid, Judy Parfitt as Vermeer's mother-in-law, Maria Thins, Essie Davis as Catharina, Vermeer's wife, and the disgustingly lurid, Van Ruijven is played aptly by Tom Wilkinson.
I won't give you a blow by blow of the story as you should see it for yourself. It is mainly about the unrequited lust and love between Griet and Vermeer, their eye for art, and the many similiarities that they share.
The cinematography, music, & lighting are TOP NOTCH and it's like watching a Vermeer painting come to life right on your TV screen.
You don't need to be an art lover to love this movie. If you like period pieces like, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Valmont, Room With A View, House Of Mirth, and the like, you will enjoy this film.
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