In his Scottish home, Gregory and his school-friends are starting to find out about girls. He fancies Dorothy, not least because she has got into the football team – and is a better player than him. He finally asks her out, but it is obviously the females are in control of matters here.
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The charm of this piece lies in it’s sweetly gauche characterisations rather than the dourly glum realisation of oft-told coming-of-age tribulations. It’s not especially cinematic and would have found a comfortable, if unnoticed, home as a television play. At the time it stood out as a shiny pebble on the otherwise desolate beach of early 1980s British cinema - sometimes you’re measured by the company you don’t keep.
A near perfect little film (made for 200,000 pounds mostly provided by Scottish Television), this is not your typical high school movie. No fake adversity to drive the narrative, it is a pure love story. Definitely not for the jaded or cynical, this is a beautifully earnest film from Forsyth.
Another gem from Forsyth featuring largely the same cast as his earlier film, That Sinking Feeling. Constantly entertaining with some very amusing moments. There's an innocence about this era which I daresay has now disappeared.