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Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master Bill Reynold's wife Laura sees Tom's suffering at the hands of his school mates (and her husband), and tries to help him find himself. Written by
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There's no denying that this movie is achingly poignant in parts; but many scenes are spoiled somewhat by Deborah Kerr's performance, which unfortunately in many scenes can be described as over-wrought and over-acted to the point where one begins to feel a little uncomfortable when drama fast descends/deteriorates into melodrama. More, a criticism of the director rather than Miss Kerr, who in other films is a refined, composed, unaffected, and totally credible actress.
John Kerr gives a stand-out performance of a tormented youth suffering relentless and merciless jibes from his school peers at the college where he boards; the angst and self-doubt aggravated by an insensitive and demanding father who has no empathy and tolerance with a son who is 'different'. For the most part, this film does touch an emotional chord, especially towards the end of the film.
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