Eight women attend one of Britain's toughest survival schools to challenge themselves and conquer their fears. They learn that there is more to survival than passing the course.

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Eight women attend one of Britain's toughest survival schools to challenge themselves and conquer their fears. They learn that there is more to survival than passing the course.

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According to 'Time Out', "apparently scriptwriter Eva Hardy is recycling her own experiences" for this movie. Moreover, 'Allmovie' states that the film "was written, apparently from first-hand experience, by Eva Hardy". See more »

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Why they are different!
17 May 2005 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I had to force myself to watch this film because having seen some scenes on TV several years ago, I knew it was unashamedly what I call "a woman's film". It is about eight women who range in age from about 30 to about 55 so it encompasses issues such as sex, childbirth, fidelity, insecurity, and rejection. The women are from varied backgrounds including a doctor, a business-woman who owns an antique shop in Hampshire, a spinster Principal of a girls school, to others who are housewives and to the most spectacular failure - Fran (Julie Walters) whose life has been on 'hold' for the last three years. The common thread seems to be the inability of the women to sustain a lasting relationship with men, or the men with them. The childless doctor who ironically advises women on fertility matters refers to herself as a 'serial monogamist'.

Unlike the men in Dickey's novel "Deliverance", where the 'course' was shortly to disappear under the dam water, the women embark on this outdoor course because they themselves are in the process of disappearing - they are losing their identity. As one said: "This is life; it is not a rehearsal!" They undertake to complete the various courses which are physically adverse: bivouac in the pouring rain, scaling sheer cliffs, and orienteering. The physical stress placed upon these women ("Is the course too difficult?" is a minor theme) creates a concomitant mental stress and the strain brings out not only their contempt for men but in some cases, for each other. However, it has to be said that the viewer never doubts that the women will all complete the course, that decisions will be made - one woman announces that she is leaving her husband, another sets her daughter free of her control - and that generally they will have experienced renewal and regeneration. So despite the minor calamity with Fran's toes (This little blister went to market, this little blister stayed at home, this little blister ...) we are never in real suspense and the ending is a bit silly but it justified (or did it?) the inclusion of "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain". A pleasant time-waster.


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