The Chalk Garden (1998)
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Hayley Mills and Deborah Kerr together should have been a match made in heaven, but it doesn't live up to its potential. The Chalk Garden isn't a bad movie, but it lacks the special quality I was hoping for. It is also bizarre with an ending you will never expect. I wouldn't say that I truly understand this film. (First and only viewing - 11/16/2015)
★★★ (out of four) Based on the celebrated stage play, "The Chalk Garden" offers a serviceable plot and a nice feel. It is far from a masterpiece, but it features some superb performances, especially from Deborah Kerr and Dame Edith Evans. Deborah Kerr plays a woman who takes a job as a governess to a disturbed and spoiled girl, played by Hayley Mills. The girl's grandmother (Evans) is preparing to fight a legal battle with her daughter over the guardianship of her granddaughter. The script is too obvious at times with Hayley Mills over-the-top as a naughty teen. But Kerr and Evans (in her nominated role) more than make up for it. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/ChalkGarden.jpg[/IMG]
We have seen movies about unruly kids before - kids who scare away governesses. Usually (like Sound of Music), the governess solves the kids' issues with some caring, and falls for the widower who hired her. The Chalk Garden is a little different. It is the grandmother who hires the governess, and in this case the governess is a convicted murderer. Interesting film.
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|Miss Madrigal:||Do you usually interview applicants at the door?|
|Judge McWhirrey:||No thanks, I'll pass. Alcohol in the middle of the day is exciting when you're thirty, but disasterous at 70.|
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