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The Dressmaker (1988)

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In England during World War II, a repressed dressmaker and her sister struggle looking after their 17-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier.

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Nellie
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Margo
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Jack (as Peter Postlethwaite)
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Rita
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Wesley
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Val
Rosemary Martin ...
Mrs. Manders
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Mr. Manders
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Chuck (as Michael James-Reed)
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Cpl. Zawadski
Bert Parnaby ...
Mr. Barnes
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Factory Girl
Mandy Walsh ...
Factory Girl
Margi Clarke ...
Shopwoman
Andrew Moorcroft ...
Butcher's Boy
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In England during World War II, a repressed dressmaker and her sister struggle looking after their 17-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier.

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26 October 1989 (Australia)  »

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Hitting The High Spots
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Music by Peter Cork
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austere wartime drama with a strong cast
15 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two elderly, overprotective sisters in wartime Liverpool are caught in the flux of uncertain times in this subdued but potent drama, adapted from a novel by Beryl Bainbridge. Billie Whitelaw is the more lively and outgoing Margo, while the stern and taciturn Nellie (Joan Plowright) mourns the erosion of traditional values since the onset of the war. In between them is their orphaned teenage niece, a sheltered, plain-looking girl whose naive attachment to an undeserving American GI leads to unexpected tragedy. The outline suggests a more or less routine coming-of-age melodrama, but the relationship between the two elder sisters is more compelling than the troubled teen romance, if only because the role of Wesley (the American soldier) is less a flesh and blood character than a symbol of anti-Yankee sentiment. Director Jim O'Brien paints a convincing portrait of working class England but otherwise keeps a low profile, letting his actors carry the film (a wise decision, with this cast) and maintaining a not incompatible mood of repressed sexual tension and bittersweet nostalgia (more bitter than sweet).


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