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The Midwife's Tale (1995)

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The daughter of a lesbian couple seeks a tale about a "knightess". One of her mothers tells her a story of a Lady and a midwife who fall in love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacey Havener Stacey Havener ... Lady Eleanor
Gayle Cohen Gayle Cohen ... Gwenyth
Carla Milford Carla Milford ... Emma
Anthony Shaw Abaté Anthony Shaw Abaté ... Lord William
Ben Prager Ben Prager ... Father Sumnor
Mitchell Anderson ... Sir Giles
Antonia Kitto Antonia Kitto ... Morgan
Kathleen Turco-Lyon Kathleen Turco-Lyon ... Gwen's Voice / Narrator (voice)
Delbert Spain Delbert Spain ... Physician
Jeanne Bascom Jeanne Bascom ... The Old Midwife
Keith Green Keith Green ... Sir Palamon
Heather Newville Heather Newville ... Young Eleanor
Paul W. Lancraft Paul W. Lancraft ... The Inquisitor
Amy Resnick Amy Resnick ... Ellen's Voice (voice)
Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence ... Guard


A mom who's had to work an extra shift gets home to find her daughter, a girl of about eight or nine, waiting for a story about a knightess. She tells a 14th- or 15th-century tale of Lady Eleanor. The church, with the tacit approval of Eleanor's husband, William, is cracking down on folk festivities and on the curative work of an aging midwife. Eleanor, with a new-found friend and servant woman, Gwenyth, who is the midwife's understudy, tries to save the woman from execution. Suspicion falls on the young women, and Gwenyth is in danger. Eleanor also finds herself pregnant, but fears childbirth and the life that awaits her baby. Does Eleanor have any choices? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Beautiful feminist love story
19 May 2006 | by snzebraSee all my reviews

I loved this film. It was an understated love story that happened to feature two women and yet was appropriate for children to watch. It also had a feminist theme and a little history thrown in as well. For a low budget film the sets, costumes and cinematography were decent. The acting may be a bit broad from a few of the actors, but it is suited for a fairy tale. Highly recommended. I can't believe it didn't get more buzz from the Lesbian & Gay community. I have shown this film a number of times, especially during the holidays, for family and friends and all have simply loved it. None could believe they hadn't heard of it before.

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