The story is set in Holland 1665. Delft is a city full of humble Protestant families who live on craftsmanship and trade. Griet, who used to help her mother at home, has to go and serve in an artist’s house because his father has gone blind and he can’t go on working in his tile workshop. So this is how the story begins, and this is how Griet meets for the first time the artist who would change her life.
In the Catholic district, a family was about to welcome a new baby. Everything was a mess, and they needed a new servant to help washing the clothes and doing the shopping, but most of all, she was needed to clean the master’s studio. Vermeer, which was his name, was the head of a numerous family, and one of the most prestigious painters in the city. He needed order to paint, and so he wanted someone special to clean his room. Griet was not very well received when she arrived, but she could get used to it, and he did all the work she was told to do without complaining returning home on Sunday to give her money to her parents. But the thing she liked most was to clean the studio, bit by bit, taking care not to move any of the objects out of their place. As time passed, Griet got more used to the house, and she sometimes permitted herself helping Vermeer choose the background for his paintings. The problem began when a regular customer of Vermeer, Van Ruijven, saw Griet and wanted a painting of her. Everyone new what happened with girls he wanted to be painted , and so they refused to do it, but as Van Ruijven insisted again and again, Vermeer had to think of a solution. Unfortunately, problems do not usually come alone, and she had to deal with her suitor, the butcher’s son, Vermeer’s jealous wife, who considers Griet a threat, and her daughter Cornelia…
Girl with a pearl earring is a special film based on Tracy Chevalier’s book. Its main point is that it is not a film with difficult dialogues, but very visual and sensitive. There is no dialogue in a lot of scenes where the feeling which stands out is the comprehension between Griet and Vermeer, and words are not needed. The setting is also a really well used resource to make the film appealing.
And finally, I would like to say I recommend this film, but I am going to go further and say that I recommend everybody to read the book by Tracy Chevalier, because it is far better and more complete. Anyway, the film is a very good adaptation and it is also very recommendable. It is the perfect film for people who like using their visual sense and learning art, mixed with, why not?, the typical or not so typical love story.