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5.0 out of 5 stars Oranges on DVD
When the Television adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s classic ‘Oranges are Not the Only Fruit’ first hit the BBC in 1990 it was considered revolutionary to portray a lesbian love affair on the terrestrial screen. This is only one aspect of an amazing semi-autobiographical tale.
Jess is adopted into a Pentecostal family in the north of England and...
Published on 19 April 2003 by Grace Francis

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No problem with speed of delivery and the item was as expected. Story was set in the 60's and was rather long drawn out and boring. I would say the film was not as good as the book. However it was very typical of life in the 60's in Lancashire which was interesting to a point and well acted.
Published on 17 April 2012 by Mrs. Angela Coleman


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5.0 out of 5 stars Oranges are the only fruit!, 4 Feb 2013
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Mary Chipping "MC" (Dorset, England) - See all my reviews
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I love this story. This was bought as a replacement for a well used and very worn video tape. What can be said about this slightly biographical story of fanatical mothers and growing daughters. The mission hall scenes are wonderful. I never see anything about fuzzy felt without thinking of Jess being told off for saying that pastor was playing with it. Great acting. Wonderful story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great TV programme, 2 Feb 2013
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Very bittersweet, sad, funny and portrays how it feels to be different in a world of everyone being the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jeanette Winterson's story, 6 Jan 2013
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Really good dvd, watched a program on tv about jeanette winterson and then sent for this dvd ,lve also read one of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brill, 24 Dec 2012
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Great little story, enjoyed watching it very much and no doubt will watch again, funny and sad at times ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good film, 20 Oct 2012
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When 'Oranges....' was shown on the TV some time ago I watched some of the episodes but since then I have read the book and recently have just finished Jeanette Winterson's 'Why be happy when you could be normal'. I didn't enjoy this as much as 'Oranges are not the only fruit' but the DVD is well worth buying if you are a Jeanette Winterson fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Desirability of Avoiding Extremes, 24 May 2012
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H. A. Weedon "Mouser" (North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This adaptation for the BBC by Jeanette Winterton of her Whitbread prize-winning novel is a masterpiece. It's a realistic interpretation of the effect of extremes upon the human psyche. The main character, Jess, is reared in an extreme religious fashion that ill equips her to deal with the realities of life. Robbed of the natural companionship of young people of her own age group, she is eventually drawn to the beautiful sixteen year old Melanie who comes from an RC background. A love relationship develops between the two girls and Jess is faced with having to decide which path to follow: her own or that set out for her by others.

This is a brilliantly crafted story emphasising the desirability of following the middle way between debauchery and religiosity. It's as if the respective religious upbringings of Jess and Melanie, with their emphases on the evils of sex, had achieved the very opposite of what they purported to teach and believe. The love and understanding which the girls found in each other had been denied them by their religious upbringings. Jess is blamed by her co-religionists for falling into the trap set up for her by her religious isolationism. No cocoon lasts indefinitely. Sooner or later the butterfly must emerge and face up to the trials and tribulations of real life. We are all tight rope walkers and learning to balance ourselves on that rope and walk it with impunity is the best way to get through life.

This is the story of two girls who, each in her own way, having not been properly schooled in the art of this middle way, tripped over into each other's arms. Jess had been shown the tight rope and told: 'Don't go anywhere near that because you'll fall off', when what she really needed was to be taught the skills necessary for walking it. This production is a timeless masterpiece relevant in any day and age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed, in particular, 5 Sep 2014
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This was a first of its kind. I enjoyed, in particular, how the main character managed to reject her upbringing, in search of who she really was. I also felt sorry for her mum, so conditioned by religious prejudice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oranges, 16 Sep 2014
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Bought for my friend, she liked it but I thought it to be a strange film. Good and fast delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic to be able to watch this a gain - ..., 18 July 2014
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Fantastic to be able to watch this a gain - still as powerfully relevant today as in early 90's
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Oct 2014
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The film was excellent, acting superb. The interview with Jeanette Winterson very candid.
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