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, 26 July 2008
This review is from: Housewife, 49 [DVD]  (DVD)
This was absolutely brilliant. It left me wanting a sequel! The acting was excellent. Victoria Wood was outstanding as Nella Last, the housewife who was suffering from a mild depression at the beginning of the film. Her writing of the mass observation diary was a kind of therapy for her and she became a stronger person when she joined the WVS in spite of her controlling and unimaginative husband (and his brisk, efficient sister, who despised Nella and had no patience with her depression) and became a dependable member of the organisation, earning the respect and friendship of even some snobbish women who found Nella beneath them at first.
Did Nella understand when one of her sons tried to tell her he was gay? I am not sure.....nor did she seem to have shared that conversation with her husband.
Interestingly, SHE changed but her husband didn't really. One night as they were lying in the Morrison shelter, he did manage to tell her that she meant everything to him.....and I expected him to treat her differently after that, but he didn't.....he was still boring and old-fashioned and selfish.....and totally unable to communicate.
I believe there is a sequel in book form.....maybe it could also be made into a film?!
I liked that we were told at the end what happened to some of the characters as this was a true story.
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