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4.0 out of 5 stars A woman who dared to dream, but would pay for it with her life.., 3 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Another Life (2001) (VHS Tape)
Another Life tells the true story of the early life, events and aftermath leading up to the Thompson/Bywaters trial and execution.

It reveals Edith Thompson's story from 1909, when she first met her husband (who was to be knifed by her lover, Frederick Bywaters) right through to 9th January 1923 when she was executed for murder, along with Freddy Bywaters.

It gives us a tale of a brilliant, talented, ambitious, funny, warm, passionate woman whose only crime seemend to be a wild imagination coupled with infidelity. She was a career woman (she and her husband Percy had no children) and that was twisted against her in court. She was incriminated by her letters to Freddy, which he had kept. This was in spite of Freddy insisting she had absolutely nothing to do with it, but her letters said otherwise 'Do something desparate, Darlint' was taken and used against her at the Old Bailey in 1922...

This was just after WW1 and she was not a sympathetic figure in this man's world. She wanted a better life, and this was summed up in an early part of the film when she was talking to her loyal sister, Avis, about her upcoming wedding to Percy. Avis asked her 'What do you see in him?', to which Edith responded '...he's going to put me in his pocket and carry me to the stars'.

She was to be most disappointed, that was, until Freddy... Then life would never be the same again...

In a nutshell, you must see this film. I defy anyone not to cry, it is so sad and beautiful, and it is a true story.
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