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The Girl in the Book

1 h 28 min2015X-Ray15
Set in the world of New York publishing, a young book editor is forced to confront a troubling chapter from her past when a bestselling author re-enters her life.
Marya Cohn
Emily VanCampCourtney DanielsJordan Lage
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Michael Nyqvist
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3.9 out of 5 stars

41 global ratings

  1. 52% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 20% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 9% of reviews have 1 stars
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M. LockwoodReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 October 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sensitively handled, but rather uninvolving abuse story
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Some films take you out of your mundane life and show you a life that is more exciting, interesting and glamourous and others are like this. This doesn't mean that the film is full of gloom, in fact the film ends on an optimistic note with our protagonist, Alice, at 29 maybe managing to come to terms with what we assume is the psychological damage caused by abuse as a young teenager at the hands of the author Milan (played by Michael Nyqvist in what must be one of his last roles). We are introduced to Alice as a 29 year-old working as a put-upon assistant to an editor, or something, in a publishing house. She is asked by her boss to assist with the reissue as an Ebook of a best-seller of 15 years ago, Waking Eyes, which charts the development of a young teenage girl. Alice's boss does not realise that the girl was based on Alice herself and, in fact, a lot of the details were lifted from her diary. We learn the backstory through flashbacks which are intertwined with the present-day action, which were sometimes intercut in a jarring or confusing way. We also find out that Milan seduces the young Alice, who is loved, but ignored, by her parents. Whether it is through the abuse, present-day Alice has difficulties forming long-term relationships with men, limiting herself to one-night-stands with random strangers (we see a few of these). She finally finds a man with whom she is able to form a relationship not solely based on sex when Milan re-enters her life and triggers a crisis and she has age-inappropriate sex with her best friend's teenage (male) babysitter, repeating the abuse that she herself suffered. Her serious boyfriend finds out and dumps her and she has a road to Damascus moment and tries (and succeeds) to get him back. The acting was good with Michael Nyqvist especially portraying Milan not as a monster but as a normal, if manipulative, man. The older Alice was played a little bit one-note and I never felt that she was damaged goods, whether that was the director's or actresses' intention, I don't know. A difficult subject, handled sensitively but I never got entirely involved with the characters.
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PatsyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
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This film was a modern day copy of Lolita. It's about a girl who writes a brilliant book and a dirty old man steals it and passes it off as his own. The writer of the book is the young daughter of his friend, which he begins a sexual relationship with. The girl goes on to be very promiscuous later on in adult life, no doubt scarred by the dirty old man's exploits. She gets a good job at a publisher later on and the dirty old man (Michael Nyquist) becomes a client and brings it all back to her. I did not like this film it tried to be arty.
Sharon MaasReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
involving if predictable, and creepy
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I hadn't read much about the film before seeing it but the moment I saw both the young Alice and Milan together I knew what was going to happen. Yes, this is the way many men behave, not only with young girls. Creepy. Thank goodness it wasn't too graphic; creepy enough as it was.
AJCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
okay, nothing more
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Rather disappointing, superficial film which is about the relationship between a girl and a writer friend of her family. We see the relationship when she is a teenager and also as an older woman. I won't spoil the plot, but for me most of the characters were unpleasant and the relationship rather unbelievable
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Bob DReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 November 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not interesting
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Too meandering. The dialogue is not very clear. We abandoned it halfway through.
nicola thompsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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So slow and boring. I thought mm might be getting interesting then it was the end eh
LadyLittérateurReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 February 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I mean it was alright, but not worth going out of your way to watch. Maybe watch it, maybe don't - It's basically for when you have nothing else to watch...
JwiseNReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must watch.
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Heartfelt movie.
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