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The Cement Garden (1992)

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Ian McEwan's disturbing novel is given a chilly shimmer in this film adaptation by Andrew Birkin. The film takes place in a concrete slab of a house situated on the outskirts of an English town. The father (Hanns Zischer) is a consumptive creep, while the mother (Sinead Cusack) is a sweet and understanding matriarch. When the father dies of a heart attack after his garden is paved over, it is too much for the mother to bear, and after a few weeks she wastes away and also dies. This leaves the children to fend for themselves. The eldest sister and brother, Julie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Jack (Andrew Robertson), have to care for the younger children, Sue (Alice Coultard) and Tom (Ned Birkin). Without parental supervision, the four children give themselves up to their secret longings. Jack hides in corners to masturbate, but Julie uses her sexual attraction to lure Jack into an incestuous relationship. Even the younger children have their problems: Sue is mostly mute and spends all her time obsessively writing in her journal, while Tom feels that deep inside himself he is a girl trapped in a boy's body. The children hide the mother's remains in the basement and live off her bank account. The neighbors don't suspect a thing --that is until sleazy Derek (Jochen Horst) begins to come around in his red convertible, trying to get a date with Julie. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Andrew Birkin, Ian McEwan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 21, 2005
Runtime:
October Films

Cast

Jochen Horst
as Derek Julie's Friend
William Hootkins
as Commander Hunt [Eng...
Michael Mendl
as Commander Hunt's Voi...
Mike Clark
as Van Passenger
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Critic Reviews for The Cement Garden

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Time Out
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New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Cement Garden

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The story relates what can happen when parents unexpectedly abandon their children. Super acting by Andrew Robertson as Jack and Charlotte Gainsbourg as Julie. With their parents dead, it is the older sister and the sexually curious younger brother who adjust to the reality of social rules and regulations which demand the family. Jack and Julie assume the role of parents. However, their acceptance promotes sexual emotions and not parental responsibilities. Eventually, the older sister's involvement with an admirer threatens their secret but developing incest relationship.

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Daisy Maduro

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A bit disturbing but a good movie nonetheless. I especially liked the detached narration while Jack read his book.

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