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Loss of Innocence (1961)
"The Greengage Summer" (original title)

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The film tells the sensible story of a British girl who awakes from childhood on vacations in France finding life and love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madame Zisi
Claude Nollier ...
Madame Corbet
Elizabeth Dear ...
Richard Williams ...
David Saire ...
Raymond Gérôme ...
Maurice Denham ...
Uncle William
André Maranne ...
Monsieur Dufour
Harold Kasket ...
Monsieur Prideaux (as Harold Kaskett)
Jacques B. Brunius ...
Monsieur Joubert
Joy Shelton ...
Mrs. Grey
Balbina ...


When she arrives in the French region of Champagne in the company of her mother, her two sisters and her brother, sixteen-year-old Joss Grey is still just a teen-ager. At the time of her return to England, she has become a woman... What has happened is that Mrs. Grey fell ill at the beginning of their stay and was sent to hospital leaving the foursome in the care of Madame Zizi, the manager of the hotel where they are staying. She has a lover, Eliot, who gets lodging there. Unaware of the bond between him and the proprietor, Joss develops the attraction to the forty-year-old man. Eliot is so friendly... Eliot is so handsome... A bit enigmatic perhaps, but so charming... Written by Guy Bellinger

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A Summer of Evil...And a Young Girl's Cruel Awakening!


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28 April 1961 (Ireland)  »

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Loss of Innocence  »

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A thoroughly enchanting little picture with winsome performances.
18 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this lovely little film shortly after it first appeared. It is a thoroughly charming and winning motion picture about first love, disillusionment, and acknowledgement, as the young and lovely Susannah York comes of age. She is absolutely winning in one of her first major roles. Kenneth More is superb as the object of York's unrequited affections, and Danielle Darrieux is splendid as More's jealous lover. Wonderful scenes of the French countryside (I remember especially a charming visit to a wine chateau) make this a delightfully wistful experience.

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