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whay did the ballet teacher have such sympathy for the girl who was ebing taken away by the headteacher? there was something very sinister about the way they looked at the girls and then led her off.

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I beleive that she feels sympathy for them knowing what is ahead in life for her. Having gone through it herself, and always living within this system she can't bear to hold in her feelings, but obviously cannot let the girls see this.

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but what IS the life ahead of her?

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That women in society are placed below men, they are here for the pleasure of men (girls on stage for men to watch, sexual imagery at the end with the fountain of water and the boy comming up to her) The movie is a feminist (and I'm not using this word as a negative one) critique on society and the place that women are placed. Girls are raised to accept it and then let go into the world to be used by men. I think the coffin bringing them in perhaps means that they really have no life of their own from the begining.

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Wow, I'm so impressed with your thoughts on the coffin! I hadn't seen it that way and think it's a brilliant interpretation. I love coming here after watching a movie to see what other (sane) people thought, even if we don't agree. Very cool interpretation!

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I think the line where Marion Cotillard insists that life is obedience and that one can only truly live a happy life if they are obedient really ties into your coffin metaphor nicely.

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