The Cement Garden (1992)
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as Derek Julie's Friend
as Commander Hunt [English version]
as Commander Hunt's Voice [German version]
as Van Passenger
Critic Reviews for The Cement Garden
Birkin, who wrote the film as well as directed it, has stuck close to the original -- the sort of spare, atmospheric novella that adapts well to the screen.
The four young actors, by whom it stands or falls, deliver impressively, in particular Robertson and Gainsbourg.
A very engaging drama based on Ian McEwan's novel.
Audience Reviews for The Cement Garden
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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