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Middle-aged Gerald Kingsland advertises in a London paper for a female companion to spend a year with him on a desert island. The young Lucy Irvine takes a chance on contacting him and ... See full summary »

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Sister Saint Margaret
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Sister Saint Winifred
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Rod
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Sorel Johnson ...
Lara
Len Peihopa ...
Ronald
Paul Reynolds ...
Mike Kingsland
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Geoffrey Kingsland
Sarah Harper ...
Swimming Teacher
Stephen Jenn ...
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Middle-aged Gerald Kingsland advertises in a London paper for a female companion to spend a year with him on a desert island. The young Lucy Irvine takes a chance on contacting him and after a couple of meetings they decide to go ahead. Once on the island things prove a lot less idyllic than in the movies, and gradually it becomes clear that it is Lucy who has the desire and the strength to try and see the year through. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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11 September 1987 (USA)  »

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A kitaszított  »

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$483,460 (USA)
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Oliver Reed claimed he lost weight in order to make the film using a vodka diet. See more »

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NESSUM DORMA aria from Turandot
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Luciano Pavarotti with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
Courtesy of the Decca Record Company Limited
Cat. No. SET 561
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for the free-spirited & those who like islands of deserted beauty
29 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this movie again!

It has a beautiful sea-side setting, that has been explored from "Robinson Crusoe" to "The Black Stallion" to "Summerfield". That's apart from reading "Coral Island" & "Lord of the Flies" as a school-boy & such as TV-series as diverse as "The Count of Monte Christo" to "Gillian's Island". Since I enjoyed all of these, I fell into the familiar surrounds with abandon!

Supposedly, it's based on a true story, but I would think some of what's presented is unlikely, like the willingness of the beautiful young woman to embark on such a reckless voyage of discovery, & having been caused to enter into a contract involving marriage in the process. These are merely introductions into the nature of the potential partners evolving, but they attempt to serve each other & at times, seem quite close.

But they are in an Adam 'n' Eve-type scenario of ambivalence. So the hostilities between them do not take long to surface! And they dare to reflect remarkable similarities to the difficulties & modern complexities we are all part of, in our respective worlds, as islands, within islands, of government religion & media domains, almost always beyond our control, operate.

So we have a movie here, a little over 20 years old as I write this, which invites the viewer to see a microcosm of the world that surrounds us everyday as we live & watch TV & visit the cinema! A bit ahead of its time, I would suggest!

So, in the process of preparing this, I have upgraded my rating of it from 8 to 9 out of 10. Relationships are complex & its ending is rather sudden, but I felt I'd been on a good journey overall in watching this & didn't regret having re-visited this idyllic wilderness of natural beauty! Easy on the eye & yet not failing to note the turbulence all around!


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