Watchable. A languid pace and unremarkable story. Being 55 years removed from this film, I'm not sure how I was *supposed* to see it, but all I got out of it was that society *needs* easy access to birth control, free of stigma; and a sex-positive perspective on the choices of consenting adults. The 2 main characters probably still would've been an abusive mess together in 2017, but not such an utter disaster.
Thank god for dependable birth control. Beautiful cinematography. Excellent, melancholic script. Captures the social mores and conventions right on the cusp of the sexual revolution. Too many marriages like this happened throughout the ages and perpetuated lives of quiet desperation. Love his mother's short speech to him at the end.
It's an age-old movie problem, a man (always a man) can't settle down but doesn't know what he wants so he makes a series of bad decisions and the people who care about him end up paying the price. This version of the problem has its moments, but it's a bit baggy, dated and desperately in need of subtitles.
Very real and down-to-earth vision of working class Britain from the 60's. A tender romance buds between two young people, talks of marriage ensue and then something unexpected happens, changing their lives forever. Now they must cope with it. It is all handled very well and is very grounded. Filmed very solidly and acted extremely well for the time. A very solid romance with all the complicated nuances of the era.
just watched A Kind of Loving again recently & am struck once more by its brute honesty, unassuming intense emotional developments (esp Vic's psychological trajectory) that creep up on you, superb ensemble acting led by the magnificent alan bates. very much in love w/ this film.