In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an open university and has tutorial with the middle-aged Dr. Frank Bryant that is an alcoholic and deluded professor from the upper-class without self-esteem. Frank lives with the also Professor Julia and they have a loveless relationship; Julia has a love affair with the dean Brian. The amusing Rita gives motivation to Frank to prepare her for the exams to join the university while she leaves Denny and moves to the house of the waitress Trish, who loves Gustav Mahler and is a cult woman. Will she succeed in the exams? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Frank Bryant is a professor of literature. And Rita is his newest student. A hairdresser who thinks Macbeth runs the local pub. And Hamlet is a plate of eggs with cheese. He's a failed writer who has given up on his life. She's determined to change hers by getting an education. And the more she loves to learn. The more he learns how to love.
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Did You Know?
The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Michael Caine
), Best Actress (Julie Walters
) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Willy Russell
), but the picture failed to win a gong in any of this trio of Oscar categories. See more
When Rita oils Frank's door, the position of her bag on her back changes between shots. See more
[Frank walks on campus and addresses some students
Dr. Frank Bryant