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Age and memories blend like wine and cheese by the lakeside

Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado
10 November 2001

Here's a great opportunity to catch an early Gillian Armstrong work as she paints a tapestry of interweaving lives, not happy ones - just REAL ones.

Ruth Cracknell is old Mrs Bilson, at odds with, and at an enforced distance from her own daughter with whom, for many reasons she does not speak. She seeks refuge from an unbearable home environment that she herself has helped to create. Her only pleasure these days is solace in quiet places, alone with her thoughts and bitter regrets. It is an acidic existence. Elizabeth Crosby is misbegotten young Charlie, hoping to solidify a rocky love affair with her boyfriend by removing him from what she sees as the 'temptations' of the city.

The two meet by chance one day, when Mrs Bilson is dropped off at her favorite spot by the lake. Despite the cultural and age differences, the two are drawn together and these meetings become regular therapeutic journeys of experience. Gillian Armstrong tenderly evokes a drama which explores choices, past and present, hope ever on the horizon, friendship in the most unlikely places.

Thought provoking and meditational cinema - the quintessential Gillian Armstrong. Cracknell and Crosby are on fire here. See it!

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