Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989)

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Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the 'saved', to ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Melanie (3 episodes, 1990)
Emily Aston ...
 Small Jess (3 episodes, 1990)
 Jess (3 episodes, 1990)
 Pastor Finch (3 episodes, 1990)
 Mother (3 episodes, 1990)
 Doctor (3 episodes, 1990)
 Mrs. Arkwright (2 episodes, 1990)
 Miss Jewsbury (2 episodes, 1990)
Sharon Bower ...
 Mrs. Vole (2 episodes, 1990)
Freda Dowie ...
 Mrs. Green (2 episodes, 1990)
Peter Gordon ...
 William (2 episodes, 1990)
Barbara Hicks ...
 Cissy (2 episodes, 1990)
Katy Murphy ...
 Mrs. Virtue (2 episodes, 1990)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
 May (2 episodes, 1990)
Sophie Thursfield ...
 Jess's real mother (2 episodes, 1990)


Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the 'saved', to devote her life to Jesus, to follow the discriminatory teachings of Pastor Finch and his understanding of Revelations. As her warm personality dictates she succeeds in fitting into this regime and spreads the word of Jesus in a fairly content manner. But when her friendship with Melanie develops into something a little more 'unnatural' she easily realizes the error of the Pastors teachings. The girls are subjected to terrible treatment to convince them to repent. Written by

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10 January 1990 (UK)  »

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A narancs nem az egyetlen gyümölcs  »

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Decently but Plainly Executed Winterson Adaptation
11 March 2004 | by (Chiba City, Japan) – See all my reviews

Because the filmmakers obviously tried to make a close adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical novel, as an avid Winterson fan, I cannot help comparing the film with the book. It would be extremely challenging to preserve Winterson's unique, postmodern literary quality in the adapted film.

In the original novel, Winterson objectively examines coming-of-age experiences of an orphan who is adopted to evangelist parents and finds herself a lesbian. The objectivity remains in the film to some extent; a lot of dramatic happenings are quietly described and never get emotional. However, the nature of the film media inevitably forces the audience to identify themselves with protagonist Jess. The analytical aspect of reading Winterson is lost, and if compared, the film just follows the plotline more plainly than the novel does.

Aside from Winterson, the film is a decently executed prototypical British film, on the tradition of British New Wave and Channel 4 productions, and worth watching.

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