Directed by Peter Jackson
It is strange that a film about such a grisly murder can actually turn out to be incredibly beautiful. I am not sure if that is good thing or not. In any case, it was exciting to see another Peter Jackson movie, as I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan.
Pauline and Juliet share an intense friendship. Together they create a fantasy kingdom, Borovnia, which serves as a backdrop to the stories they write and hope to publish. Their parents become concerned by the possible homosexual nature of their relationship and attempt to separate them. The girls...uh...take their revenge.
Apparently, the Parker-Hulme murder was quite the cause celebre, although I hadn't heard of the case before viewing this film. Obviously, Jackson wanted to create a film that explored the minds of the girls, rather than the more monstrous aspects of the story. It was certainly an interesting approach that was both chilling and, at times, gorgeous. Still, I think we were supposed to sympathize with the girls more than I did. I found them to be selfish, bratty, and rather stupid.
Great performances and great directing. I know hindsight is 20/20 but it is easy to detect Winslet's and Jackson's star power, even in 1994.
When asked at the trial if the two had had sex, Juliet replied "how can we have sex? We are both girls."
175 girls auditioned for the role of Juliet.