A female love affair set in post-war England, needless to say I was very much looking forward to seeing this film, and from the reviews I had read on Amazon, all seemed in favour. However, twenty minutes into the film I felt that pang of dread in realising the script was not going to get any better than the dreary sparse dialogue I was experiencing.Whilst not being compeltely ''un-watchable'', it is blatantly clear that the director had very little vision of the details of the story he wanted to tell. Apart from two women dealing with their feelings for one another, there is little else in terms of story that the film offers and it is all presented in lifeless and dull conversation.
Simplicity is of course paramount in films with such strong and delicate emotions as Between Two Women, but there has to be subtext underneath the simplicity to make it interesting to a viewer. If you are going to convey all the drama in dialogue, then the dialogue has to pack some punch. There is certainly no punch here. Luckily for director Steven Woodcock he did make one good decision, and that was in casting Andrina Carroll who can express a whole paragraph of powerful dialogue simply with her eyes. Its a shame the powerful dialogue wasn't there in the first place for them to play with. Instead, Woodcock's poorly crafted characters and unimaginative script forces these two fine actresses to just 'make do'. I don't doubt that if this script is rewritten by someone with more originality and imagination, the film could be extremely powerful.