The police are dragging the marshes for a missing school-girl and a sinister man is approaching other young girls. When he tries to accost young Sylvia on a bus, Sylvia is relieved when a ... See full summary »

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Alfred Burke ...
Herbert
Pat Keen ...
Vera
Lorna Yabsley ...
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Anthony Smee ...
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Giles Phibbs ...
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Bernadette Windsor ...
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The police are dragging the marshes for a missing school-girl and a sinister man is approaching other young girls. When he tries to accost young Sylvia on a bus, Sylvia is relieved when a motherly middle-aged woman comes to her rescue and sends him away. Sylvia goes back to the woman's trailer home to have tea with her. Unfortunately this woman is not a nice person at all and Sylvia is caught like a fly on a fly-paper. Written by don @ minifie-1

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9 August 1980 (UK)  »

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Für Elise
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By Ludwig van Beethoven
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Some biscuits in my basket
11 March 2016 | by (The Undertow) – See all my reviews

A schoolgirl orphan finds the heartless reprimands from the women in her life almost unbearable, but things take an even worse turn when a man in black starts to follow her ...

This comes with a lot of baggage - probably too much for such a simple story. The bullying has a touch of Dickens, with inadequate adults punching down on an innocent child, but there doesn't seem to be any point to the rival pupil or the vicar, and at no point do you sense any potential for change - it's relentless, apart from a well judged passage of relief before the climax.

The performances are good, especially once the bus conversation revs up. And there's an excellent visual with the cows grazing below the cathedral, and a nice touch with the third tea cup. But the direction and story telling are a bit lumpy, uninterested in contrasts, plus the music is daft.

Overall - disturbing, but could do with a remake.


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