Rachel is a 35 year old school teacher who has no man in her life and lives with her mother. When a man from the big city returns and asks her out, she begins to have to make decisions about her life and where she wants it to go.
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Thirty-five year old spinster and virgin Rachel Cameron is a sad, lonely woman. She lives in the small town of Japonica, Connecticut where she grew up. She teaches second grade at Japonica Elementary School and lives with her highly demanding widowed mother (her funeral director father passed away fourteen years ago) in the same apartment above a funeral home where she grew up, despite the home now not owned by them. Rachel often uses her mother as an excuse not to do things. Rachel represses her emotions, and is prone to daydreaming to envision alternate paths for herself in certain situations if she only had the nerve to do those things. Even when Nick Kazlik, a childhood acquaintance who has returned to Japonica for a summer visit with his family, makes it clear that he wants to have fun with her while he's in town, she can't act on his request out of fear of the unknown. But after a couple of incidents with her only real friend Calla Mackie, who is a fellow teacher at the school, ...Written by
Based on the 1966 novel "A Jest of God" by Margaret Laurence. See more »
Rachel's hair pattern changes in two continuous shots on the hospital bed. The front camera angle shows her hair in front of her ears but the side camera shows her hair behind her ears. See more »
[On the phone with her mother in the room]
[On the other line]
My folks are away for the weekend. So, I thought maybe you'd like to play house. We got, like, three bedrooms, so we can chase each other from room to room between... you know.
I mean, yes, I'd love to read that book. That sounds very interesting. Can you get it from the public library?
Oh, you can't talk, right?
Right. At this moment, I'm Venus observed.
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This movie is a gem. Joanne Woodward's acting has subtlety and insight. The story of a woman fearful of life and change is told with great truthfulness and sensitivity. The ending succeeded in being hopeful without surrendering to sentimentality or cliche, and I was deeply moved.
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