11 September 2017

Intimate Relations

Intimate Relations 1996
  • Director: Philip Goodhew
  • Based on book: no but on a true story
  • Cast: Julie Walters, Rupert Graves, Matthew Walker, Laura Sadler, Holly Aird, Les Dennis, Elizabeth McKechnie, Amanda Holden, Nicholas Hoult
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Julie Walters – The Hollow Crown, Harry Potter, Mamma Mia, One Chance, Becoming Jane, Driving Lessons, Wah-Wah, Canterbury Tales, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot, Titanic Town, Intimate Relations, Prick Up Your Ears, Educating Rita
    • Rupert Graves – Sherlock, Last Tango in Halifax, Doctor Who, Wallander, V for Vendetta, Mrs Dalloway, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Madness of King George, A Handful of Dust, The Fortunes of War, A Room with a View
    • Holly Aird – Unforgotten, Fever Pitch
    • Amanda Holden – Britain’s Got Talent, Kiss Me Kate, Curry Nam Nam
    • Nicholas Hoult – Mad Max Fury Road, Wallander, Wah-Wah, About a Boy
  • Why? Julie Walters.
  • Seen: Once before. Now 8 September 2017      

       It’s been a very long time since we first saw this film and I don’t remember what it’s about but I remember been very moved by it and I’ve been looking for it for a long time. Now, finally.
       Frowsy, middle-aged Marjorie with a 13-year-old daughter Joyce and Stanley, a husband who makes unwelcome amorous demands, takes in a lodger, a young sailor, Harold Guppie. She insists he call her Mum.
       But when she comes into his room, and his bed, it’s not a mum she wants to be to him. At first he rejects her then succumbs to her seduction. As time goes by Joyce pursues him too.
       Harold starts to realise what a mess he’s in. He turns nasty, joins the army and gets a new girlfriend.
       Mum doesn’t like that. Pathetically pleading letters mixed with blackmail bring Harold back into the fold.
       What unpleasant, pathetic people. Can this possibly end well for anyone? Of course not.
       From absurd comedy it transforms into absurd tragedy. That’s why I like it. And because of the strong cast as well.

3 ½ * of 5



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