About 1665, Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer painted a masterpiece titled Girl with A Pearl Earring. Like the Mona Lisa, no one knows who the model was, but this movie gives us a fictional backstory.
Scarlett Johansson plays a maid, the uneducated daughter of a working class artist, who serves Vermeer and his spoiled rotten family. She becomes his assistant, briefly, then his passion and ends up posing for the portrait.
"Girl with A Pearl Earring" is a nuanced and detailed film, and therefore not for everyone. It is, however, a work of art.
[2009: "a nuanced and detailed film, and therefore not for everyone." How elitist of me. Well, that's how it works. Some like explosions and car chases while others like character and plot. Such is life.]