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Family Life (1971)

 |  Drama  |  December 1971 (UK)
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A teenage girl suffers a nervous breakdown.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Ratcliff ...
Janice Baildon
Bill Dean ...
Mr. Baildon
Grace Cave ...
Mrs. Baildon
...
Tim
Hilary Martin ...
Barbara Baildon
Michael Riddall ...
Dr. Donaldson
Alan MacNaughton ...
Mr. Caswell (as Alan MacNaughtan)
Johnny Gee ...
Man in Garden
Bernard Atha
Edwin Brown
Freddie Clemson
Alec Coleman
Jack Connell
Ellis Dale
Terry Duggan
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A 19 years old London girl received agressive psychiatric treatments for her schizophrenic behaviour by a doctor who still wants her family to insure the guard of the child without any regards to the facts that it is this family who's agravating her situation. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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December 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Wednesday's Child  »

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SEK 1,827,374 (Sweden)
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Director Bille August cites "Family Life" as one of his greatest influences. See more »

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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Down by the River
(uncredited)
Written by Neil Young
Sung in the therapy group
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Such is Life
24 May 2001 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

Ironically this film comes across as being considerably more true to life than the numerous "docusoaps" that currently clog up the schedules on British television. Watching Family Life is as close as one can get to feeling like an actual fly on the wall. Sandy Ratcliffe is heartbreaking as the young dazed and confused schizophrenic girl, whose condition deteriorates thanks to her domineering parents. Bill Dean and Grace Cave are all too believable as the aforementioned mother and father, and are true screen monsters. Despite never believing that they are in the wrong, neither of the "oh so reasonable" parents are able to see beyond the end of their noses.

This film does have some touching moments but, alas, the ending is not a happy one. Which is especially a shame as the film does occasionally allow a faint glimmer of hope shine through.


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