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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite English entertainment, 14 Feb 2009
This review is from: The Go-Between [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
I watched this film a year ago, and it's taken me that long to find the strength to write a review of it. It really hit me between the temples. Mostly because I found the themes of arrested adolescence, an idyllic English setting, thwarted love, childhood fantasy and loneliness as well as mystical intrigue, very familiar. Cyril Connolly writes how English men find the experiences at their boarding schools so overwhelming they never really come to terms with adulthood, and he has a strong case.

This film has all the ingredients of a troubled life - a beautiful but insensitive woman, who inspires rapturous fantasy - a bunch of emotional cardboard cutouts and the class system, mix that up with cricket, summer heat and a stately home and you can see that its about what the rest of the world find so puzzling about us.
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2010 09:00:19 BDT
You write such insightful words here, it really helped my understanding of the movie.

Posted on 2 Sep 2014 11:49:10 BDT
bulldog says:
I'm glad that the theme of this resonated with at least one other person. I found this adaptation of L.P Hartley's story melancholic, slightly depressing yet strangely compelling.

The musical piano score, stunning scenery and storyline concerning the class system, loss of innocence and irredeemable loss make a film that lingers in the memory long after viewing it.
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