An elderly English spinster lady lives alone, is heartily disliked, and will not accept aid from anyone. She has lived a life of total denial, but preserves her past in the diaries she ... See full summary »

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Kate Dawson
John Vine ...
Penny Leatherbarrow ...
Mrs. Baker
John Price ...
Richard Preston
Dandy Nichols ...
Mrs. Druce
Sherrie Hewson ...
Young Kate
Larry Dann ...
Mr. Turner
Graham Fletcher-Cook ...
Boy in alley
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Boy in alley
Edwin Brown ...
Mr. Pritchard
Debbie Wheeler ...
Chuck Julian ...
Greengrocer
Linda Robson ...
Ann
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Girl in bathroom
Elizabeth Archer ...
Nurse in canteen
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An elderly English spinster lady lives alone, is heartily disliked, and will not accept aid from anyone. She has lived a life of total denial, but preserves her past in the diaries she keeps on her shelf, one for each year. We learn that her memories of one particular year continue to haunt her. She picks the journal up from time to time, revisiting the early war years, when she met and came to know the one love of her life, an RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain, and how it ended in pregnancy and ultimately grief. At the end, she learns to adjust to the idea that managed care can indeed bring new ways to deal with life's disappointments. Written by John Clark <johnclark@sbcglobal.net>

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6 March 1980 (UK)  »

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Extraordinary, wrenching, and Kempson's finest work
13 June 2003 | by (Hollywood, United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of a very few fully realized films that sticks in my memory. A mean, bloody-minded, self-hating and lonely old woman with a terrible secret kept hidden away in one of her annual diaries; about her tragic affair with a Royal Air Force pilot, killed in the Battle of Britain, who left her pregnant with a baby she self-aborts. There are flashback sequences where we see her lost beauty and the hugeness of her love. And near the end of her life, we see how the sympathetic caring of a social worker brings her to a new belief in herself, and a willingness to let go. Will this film ever be seen again? Come on, BBC, give us another showing! Rachel Kempson, the late Redgrave clan matriarch deserves this. Her crowning achievement. And the rest of a wonderful cast no slouches either.


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