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The L-Shaped Room (1962)

A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.

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Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution. She falls into a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor. Eventually she comes to like her odd room, and makes friends with all the strange people in the house. But she still faces two problems: what to do with her baby, and what to do with Toby. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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"Sex is not a forbidden word!"

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20 November 1962 (UK)  »

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1.85 : 1
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A very young Paula Prentiss was offered the leading role of "Jane" by Bryan Forbes, but they would not work together until 1975 in The Stepford Wives (1975). See more »

Goofs

The first floor light goes out by itself (as it does often due to the faulty switch) twice as Janes goes from Toby's room up to hers looking for him. See more »

Quotes

Jane Fosset: Oh, you English are so funny about smells. You hate garlic, you're frightened of perfume unless it's very cheap and very nasty, but you *love* the smell of fish and chips. First time I went out for a walk with an Englishman, he took us two miles out of our way so I could smell a fish and chips shop.
Toby: Oh, well, you see it's a very powerful aphrodisiac for an Englishman. Before the war, most children were conceived on Friday nights.
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Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra
Written by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Peter Katin (piano)
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Forgotten, but marvelous
21 June 1999 | by (Calgary, AB) – See all my reviews

It's a shame this film has been all but forgotten. It's an excellent drama and character study, and features a career best performance from Leslie Caron, as an unwed pregnant French woman at a London boarding house. Though they all want her to get an abortion for various reasons, she refuses, and this forces them all to emerge from their shells and become a framework of friendship and love. The ending is sad, and just about perfect. The fact that time has neglected it is a true shame.


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