Bettina's Take: Cinema Society Screening of 'Cracks'

Eva Green Cracks

It's tough to be a teenager. Tougher even to be a teenager in a 1930s British boarding school, where discipline mixes with hero worship, sexual experimentation, and psychological manipulation.

Cracks, the new movie directed by Jordan Scott and screened at the Tribeca Grand by the Cinema Society, deals with exactly these tough-to-handle issues.

Ridley Scott's daughter is beautiful, enthusiastic and sweet; a bit of a shock, considering the heavy subject matter. What led her to choose this film as her directorial debut? "My own school experience," she answered in a lovely British lilt. "Not the dark stuff. More the relationship and camaraderie among girls. It's a little bit feral."

Noah Bean, Rose Byrne

At the Montblanc-sponsored after-party at the Soho Grand, guests, including Cracks star Eva Green (wearing Montblanc jewelry), Gabourey Sidibe, Rose Byrne, and Duncan Sheik, dined on short ribs and truffle ravioli. People were visibly moved by the story.

"This movie reminds me of a great Peter Weir movie, Picnic at Hanging Rock," said Donna D'Cruz, "because it has that sense of the sinister, the lesbianism, the Catholic school girls, the feigned innocence. You realize there's something off. Then, when it unravels, you realize that's what it was all along. It's beautiful."

With a little help from the Purity Vodka cocktails, guests mingled and lingered for a long time, old friends greeting each other, new faces welcomed, relaxed and happy, all expertly organized by Andrew Saffir. I left close to midnight, and it was still going strong.

Photos: (Top left) Eva Green, (bottom right) Noah Bean and Rose Byrne.