Black and white, gay and straight, mothers and daughters, class, and coming of age. Jo is working class, in her teens, living with her drunk and libidinous mother in northern England. When mom marries impulsively, Jo is out on the streets; she and Geoffrey, a gay co worker who's adrift himself, find a room together. Then Jo finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Jimmy, a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby's birth, and becomes, in effect, the child's father. The three of them seem to have things sorted out when Jo's mother reappears on the scene, assertive and domineering. Which "family" will emerge?Written by
The song "A Taste of Honey" written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow was originally an instrumental track (or recurring theme) written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 1958 British play "A Taste of Honey." It doesn't appear in the film. See more »
When the landlady is arguing with Helen about being behind in rent; she warns Helen that if she doesn't get her money then she's out. Shortly after Helen sneaks out with her daughter through a small window that exists out to the street. However all this slipping out was unnecessary and made no sense since she was going to be thrown out the next day anyway. It was not as if she were going to be arrested. All she had to do was pack and be ready to leave the next morning. There was no need for this escape routine. See more »
This offbeat film is funny, tragic, and all the stops in between...and if Rita Tushingham, as the teenaged heroine "Jo", is the movie's heart, its soul is Murray Melvin, whose subtle but searing performance as her friend "Geoff" is one of the greatest on film (it deservedly won him the Cannes Film Festival's "Palme d'Or").
Most of the musical score may sound odd to American ears (I believe it reflects the instrumental music that actually accompanied the stage play from which this film is adapted), but the chorus of lilting children's voices, singing a traditional song, that is heard over the movie's opening and closing sequences, is extremely effective.
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