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January 31, 2016
Touching, intelligent performance from Leslie Caron and striking direction from Bryan Forbes. It does have a bit of the " kitchen sink" feel about it, but if you like human drama around real situations, this movie will truly affect you. And Leslie Caron, who is never off the screen, is just charming to watch.
I loved all the characters in the boarding house - they give the writer the opportunity to look at sex/love in many different guises.
Even though society is now more open and accepting, people can still find themselves in similar situations to the characters in the movie, particularly in conservative countries. Anyhow, it is intriguing to see how the people have ended up where they are, to learn their back-stories.
This must be one of the earliest movies to show a gay man as a sympathetic character. At the time it was made homosexuality was still a criminal offence in England.
Titbit: Writer/director Forbes' wife Nanette Newman appears in a small role as a tenant of the boarding house.
½ March 6, 2013
Here we have what we can call "the performance of a lifetime" for Leslie Caron.
March 6, 2013
Britain in the 'sixties had the knack of making great movies and this is no exception. An atomospheric London-set drama, vividly acted. Caron acquits herself well in an untypical role, while the late Tom Bell was a vastly under-rated actor. While the book (by Lynne Reid Banks) is fine, the film improves upon it.
March 6, 2013
Masterpiece of British kitchen sink dramas with Tom Bell and Leslie Caron at their acting peaks and and a superb supporting cast of Limey character actors. The Smiths sampled "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty" (The Queen Is Dead) from this classic.
March 6, 2013
a pretty sad story with plenty of interesting characters, surprisingly so for the era. Good performances all round an all.
March 6, 2013
Pretty racy movie for the time. Leslie Caron is great.
½ March 6, 2013
Tom Bell was an extremely gifted actor and this film showcases him at his best. An involving and thoughtful drama.
March 6, 2013
This films great. filmed at the dawn of the sixties sexual revolution, it musta been pretty controversial in its day...covering homosexuality, abortion and and a good bit of pre- marital shinnanigins. Portrays contemporary attitudes very well to unmarried mothers and the hush hush style of lesbianism. Tragic really, how women were often forced into terminations as they were deemed unfit to survive without male support. Gritty at times, addressing impoverished living , but not without fun times in smoky jazz clubs and days out in the park..where incidentally one should not lie down on the grass with a member of the opposite sex, for fear of getting a severe wrist slapping.
March 6, 2013
This movie portrays the conflict between love and pride beautifully...
March 6, 2013
Leslie Caron at her very best! It was really refreshing to see her do something less fluffy and more dramatic. Love how real it was with thoughts of abortion, sex, etc at the start of the 60s. Seems slow during some parts but you are really engaged nontheless.
March 6, 2013
This is a wonderful adaptation to Lynne Reid Banks' novel of the same title. A lovely impression of people and attitudes in 1960s London.
½ March 6, 2013
Examine this movie to closely and I'm afraid you'll find a typical 60's melodrama trying very hard to be provocative about sexuality. While the film may not quite make the daring social commentary I think it wants to, it tells its story very honestly and with compassion for its female characters. Without lingering to long on the sentimental or overwrought the film toes the line between good melodrama and the melodramatic. But what truly makes this film transcend its trappings is Leslie Caron. Her sincere and often understated performance keeps the film grounded and steers it away from the self-pity the genre leaves her character and the film as a whole vulnerable to. Again I say, examine this movie to closely and you'll find a typical 1960s melodrama but done so well it really doesn't matter.
½ March 6, 2013
Absolutely beautiful film, touching down on some hard topics notable especially being that the film's from 1963. Leslie Caron's acting was marvelous. Highly recommend.
Super Reviewer
March 6, 2013
nominated for best picture by NBR
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