A young man, inching his way up from working-class traditions via a white-collar job, finds himself trapped by the frightening reality of his girlfriend's pregnancy and is forced into marrying her and moving in with his mother-in-law due to a housing shortage in their Northern England town.Written by
In the opening wedding scene, an elderly relative is prevented from taking photographs when the wedding car pulls up in front of her. She is, however, then seen taking pictures on the other side of the car as the bride and groom get in. Then as the car pulls away, she is back in her original position on the 'wrong' side of the car, still unable to take photos. See more »
You know, it's a funny feeling. Sometimes I really fancy her, and the next day I can hardly stand the sight of her.
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This film reflects on how social and economic pressures impact on sexuality and relationships. Class, politics, working life, changing attitudes about gender and marriage, and even scarcity of cheap housing are all referred to or explored. Against the wider social backdrop the character of Ingrid's mother represents repression and rigidity to a large degree, although even she is shown with some saving graces. All the characters here are cast in shades of grey, all internally conflicted, all in a cauldron of social pressures. The film ends with the maturing of the main characters, and also with a note of hope. An excellent script, excellently directed and acted, and a brilliant evocation of another era.
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