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 … More

Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Andrew Birkin, Ian McEwan
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On DVD: Jun 21, 2005
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Cement Garden

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

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