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Circle of Two (1981)

 -  Drama  -  November 1981 (USA)
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The story of the impossible love between a schoolgirl and a 60-years old painter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sarah Norton
Norma Dell'Agnese ...
Ruspoli
Donann Cavin ...
Smitty
Elan Ross Gibson ...
Gym Teacher
Maggie Morris ...
Music Teacher
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Ashley St. Clair
Larry Ewashen ...
Men at the Cinema
Robin Gammell ...
Mr. Norton
Patricia Collins ...
Mrs. Norton
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Paul
Daisy White ...
School Secretary
George Bourne Sr. ...
Old Man
Bibi Caspari ...
Mime
Gordon Jocelyn ...
Antiquary
Brendan McKane ...
Man at the Terrace
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In Toronto, the fifteen year-old student and aspirant writer Sarah Norton meets the sixty year old painter Ashley St. Clair in a cafeteria while hiding from her stalker boy-friend Paul. Ashley hasn't painted for ten years. He agrees to read the poems that Sarah has written. They start seeing each other at his studio and Sarah falls in love with him. Ashley feels a platonic love for Sarah that becomes his muse and he decides to paint again. Paul spies Sarah in Ashley's studio, and misunderstands their relationship, he attacks her in a cornfield but she defends herself. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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CAD 5,700,000 (estimated)
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This film was made and released around a decade after its source novel "Lesson in Love" by Marie-Terese Baird was first published in 1971. This movie is the only ever filmed adaptation of one of Baird's stories (to date, December 2012). See more »

Quotes

Sarah Norton: Have you thought about going to bed with me?
Ashley St. Clair: Yes.
Sarah Norton: [walks over to the bed] Let's.
Ashley St. Clair: Obviously, no.
Sarah Norton: Why? Is it because you think I'm a virgin? Because if you think I am...
Ashley St. Clair: You are.
Sarah Norton: I am.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Carmina Burana
by Carl Orff
Copyright 1937, renewed 1965,
used by permission of B. Schott's Söhne, Meinz, Germany.
Performed by The Bishop Strachan School Choir
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Circle of tedium
14 June 1999 | by (Calgary, AB) – See all my reviews

The promise Tatum O'Neal showed as a little girl clearly didn't pan out, as evidenced by this obscure Canadian production about a schoolgirl who has an affair (of the heart) with 60-year old painter Richard Burton. Her delivery is unforgivably flat - she is clearly giving readings, especially in the closing scene - and the production lackluster on every level. Even Burton's performance is much weaker than he is capable of, stiff and stagy, and hardly justifying the attraction this girl a third his age is supposed to feel for him.

The director takes the material seriously and keeps it from degenerating into exploitation (except for momentarily, in a lurid and ridiculous attempted rape sequence)... if only he managed to keep the audience interested. The plot plods and meanders, and the script seems to think it has something to significant to say, but can't decide what. If anyone is for some reason interested in seeing Tatum O'Neal's breasts (curious, considering that she must have been only 16 or 17 when the film was made), this is the place. Otherwise, Circle of Two should be of little interest to anyone.


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