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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
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Forlorn Frenchie Leslie Caron--a pregnant twenty-seven year old, unwed and alone--takes a room in a British boarding house bustling with funny, mercurial people. Next-door to her is a black jazz musician, downstairs is a handsome writer (who hasn't sold anything in months); down from him is a lesbian shut-in, the man-hungry landlady, and two prostitutes. Bryan Forbes directed and adapted Lynne Reid Banks' book, taking careful steps to let this humanistic tale unfold as naturally as possible (when Caron upsets the horn-player, she talks so sensibly to him at his door that his initial anger suddenly seems unfounded and embarrassing). Certainly the dramatic and romantic predicaments which transpire are familiar, and Caron's insistence on keeping her condition a secret is a little bit nutty no matter how afraid she is. However, the dignified film has a bittersweet tinge to it that draws one in, and the cast is uniformly strong (especially Caron, doing Oscar-nominated work). A few of the arguments become repetitive, though Forbes handles the characters very sensitively. It's a happy/sad, lovely piece which says that people come and go, people change, and the rooms they occupy and leave change with and without them. *** from ****
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