Sunday, March 3, 2013

TANNER HALL (2009) The Seduction of Two Boarding School Nymphets




Tanner Hall (2009) won the jury prize for best film at the 2010 Gen Art Movie Festival and from IMDB the film is “… a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girl's boarding school. In a cozy, but run down New England, the knot of adolescent complexity is unraveled through the coming of age stories of four teen-age girls”. 

The film was co-written by Tatiana von Furstenberg, the daughter of the designer Diane, and Francesca Gregorini. The idea for the film developed after Tatiana and Francesca met at Brown University, and it is based on their experiences at boarding school. 

In the film, boarding school student Fernanda (Rooney Mara) had an affair with Gio (Tom Everett Scott), the middle-aged husband of her mother’s best friend from college. That wasn't the only age-discrepant relationship the two Ivy League coeds wrote in the film's script. Fernanda’s classmate, Kate (Brie Larson), seduced Mr. Middlewood (Chris Kattan), the English teacher . 

Unfortunately, Mr. Middlewood didn't handle his seduction well and became needy. And due to anti-polygamy laws, Gio was forced to choose between his pregnant wife and the nymphet.

Interestingly, Rooney Mara won the Stargazer Award at the Gen Art festival for her role as a high school student in an age-discrepant affair with the husband of her mother's best friend.