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Family Life (1971)

A teenage girl suffers a nervous breakdown.

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(as Kenneth Loach)

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(play), (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Ratcliff ...
Janice Baildon
Bill Dean ...
Mr. Baildon
Grace Cave ...
Mrs. Baildon
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Tim
Hilary Martin ...
Barbara Baildon
Michael Riddall ...
Dr. Donaldson
Alan MacNaughtan ...
Mr. Caswell
Johnny Gee ...
Man in Garden
Bernard Atha
Edwin Brown
Freddie Clemson
Alec Coleman
Jack Connell
Ellis Dale
Terry Duggan
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Storyline

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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A story of real people and feelings. Without make-up. See more »

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2 December 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Wednesday's Child  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Bille August cites "Family Life" as one of his greatest influences. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Wednesday Play: In Two Minds (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Down by the River
(uncredited)
Written by Neil Young
Sung in the therapy group
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Well played and disturbing documentary style movie...
2 September 2002 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 9/2/2002 - 7 out of 10(Dir-Ken Loach): Well played and disturbing documentary style movie about one messed-up family's life but more specifically the life of one of the children. Janice was supposedly perfect growing up, but went bad according to her parents when she started speaking her own mind and making her own decisions. The parents lost control of her and throughout this movie they seemed to be trying to fight for it back. The camera follows this family through the qwest of trying to find out what's wrong with Janice and why she's having so many problems. The sad thing is that no-one really figures this out despite many different treatments that are done on her. This movie is played out like a documentary case study, but it's actually a film played out by actors but it is done so well that it's hard for anyone to tell. Movies like this are more than entertainment, they are sobering melo-drama's about the hard things of life and how we do and don't cope with them.


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