May 262018

Mona Lisa Smile




Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson's views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college.


There was a time when I was well into Kirsten Dunst and bought most films she was in but it took me a long time to get around to watching this. She plays a bit of a bitch in this but it's made up for by starring some other favourite actresses of mine in Ginnifer Goodwin, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Good performances all round but probably not a film that would draw me back for a second watch.



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