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Family Life (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 February 1972 (Ireland)
A teenage girl suffers a nervous breakdown.

Director:

Ken Loach (as Kenneth Loach)

Writers:

David Mercer (play), David Mercer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Ratcliff Sandy Ratcliff ... Janice Baildon
Bill Dean ... Mr. Baildon
Grace Cave Grace Cave ... Mrs. Baildon
Malcolm Tierney ... Tim
Hilary Martin Hilary Martin ... Barbara Baildon
Michael Riddall Michael Riddall ... Dr. Donaldson
Alan MacNaughtan ... Mr. Caswell
Johnny Gee Johnny Gee ... Man in Garden
Bernard Atha Bernard Atha
Edwin Brown
Freddie Clemson Freddie Clemson
Alec Coleman Alec Coleman
Jack Connell Jack Connell
Ellis Dale Ellis Dale
Terry Duggan Terry Duggan
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Storyline

A 19 years old London girl received agressive psychiatric treatments for her schizophrenic behaviour by a doctor who still wants her family to insure the guard of the child without any regards to the facts that it is this family who's agravating her situation. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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A story of real people and feelings. Without make-up. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1972 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Wednesday's Child See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films,Kestrel Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Whilst in hospital, Janice watches a television news report of a mid-air collision between two RAF Canberra bombers, near Mansfield in Nottingham. This is a real event and took place on 29 January 1971. See more »

Connections

Featured in Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Down by the River
(uncredited)
Written by Neil Young
Sung in the therapy group
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Family Life and the Antipsychiatric Theory of Ronald Laing
19 September 2006 | by frrahierSee all my reviews

Family Life I've seen this movie at the end of the seventies, in France, on TV. I registered it, but I lost the tape. Since, I remember a great film, the first of Ken Loach I think. Always in my memory is the last scene, Janice alone behind the students in the amphitheater's and doctor saying that the problem is in his mind and no in the relationship with her parents. I read in some reviews of this time that Ken Loach based his story on the "antipsychiatrics theories" of Dr. Ronald Laing and Cooper, that I studied in France when I was scholar, theories developed in the neighborhood of Jean Paul Sartre's existential psychoanalysis. Recently, a friend of mine, teacher of English literature in my college, initiate a curse on these problems with her students. She needs the original script of this film, but we don't know other that the French translation issued in the L'Avant-Scène french review.. Who could send me part of the script of this film (in English)? Thanks.


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