Joy is an 18 year old woman who runs away from home with Tom; this proves to be the first of many bad choices. She marries and has a boy, Johnny. Tom is a thief; he becomes mentally and physically abusive to Joy and ends up in prison, leaving her on her own.
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35mm. A film which precisely lives its time, the time of women outside social law, the time of Wanda, Rachel Cameron, Jeannie Rapp or Sylvia and Hilda, movie characters who radically introduced femininity into a cinematic modernization: the camera's apnea and its collusion with the filmed spaces. This movie is not as entrancing as the ones of those characters, but at moments it reaches a wonderful absolute soul.
I'm little surprised that this isn't mentioned more when scholars and film buffs talk about the British social realist movies of the 60s. But anyway, I just love the episodic structure of the movie. It gives breathing room for the movie to actually study the lead character. On a filmmaking stand point, very little of this has aged. Simply done but effective. Also, Terence Stamp singing Donovan makes me happy.
The new blu ray from Studio Canal is a stunning presentation of a film which ranks alongside some of the fantastic television work that Loach made around the same period. In particular, this would make an excellent double viewing with Cathy Come Home. Part of my reason for loving this was perhaps superficial: Carol White is even more stunning than the high definition presentation. Essential viewing.
Loach intercala la voz de su protagonista a modo de rótulos o testimonios orales. La película es social-realista, pero no deja de tener de ficción. El personaje principal de esta película en medio de su rutina del estancamiento, no deja de fantasear. El amor, las revistas, la ropa, todos son móviles que mantienen a este madre a un margen de la cordura optimista.