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This review is from: Twinky [DVD] (DVD)Sports commentators often talk of "a game of two halves" meaning a complete transformation and contrast of the standard of play and domination between the two contending teams. This is such a film of 2 haves too.
The 1st half, which is fairy-tale and comic and which you feel is just a light feel-good humourous movie, suddenly turns around in the 2nd into a serious dark painful (with even a nightmareish sequence) look at the devastating consequences to a Lolita-like adolescent-woman of the loosening and eventual loss of her initial hold on a mature man.
She displays an emotionally intensity of the love such "a coming but not there yet girl-woman" can feel but because it is based mostly on pure emotion (and not a little sex appeal) the love she displays is always vulnerable to being lost when inevitably the routine pressures of life of the man needing to earn a living means that at some point the fantasy merry-go-round must be dismounted.
When its time to get off this leads to painful choices between the 2 parties. To the one more shocking and traumatic than to the other.
We see glimpses of the waxing and then the film following the inevitable bumpy ride when contradictory feelings tug at the Bronson character's internal war between fascination and frustration. The wane is always there lurking in the background and then comes to the fore.
There comes a moment in the film, a defining moment for the film and which is built up to really well.
Although the 2 haves analogy works up to a point with the contrived light-touch humour contrasted to the very dark and serious episodes it then reverts to, if not a happy ending, then at least a reversion to lightness.
I bought this movie not knowing the story line one iota but because it had Susan George in it and such a vision of loveliness joined to someone who plays emotionally vulnerable characters so well was hard to resist.
Maybe it was a very 60's thing to do but there is an odd feel to some of the schoolgirls in uniforms sequences which seem to owe more to directoral indulgence to titillate (himself into the bargain methinks) rather than building the story line.
A kind of in parts semi-porn movie with cycling girls in school uniforms, short ra-ra skirts and and knee-high white socks.
The "sex" between this sweet sixteen and the 39 year old is thankfully referred to rather than seen on scene.