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Girl on Approval (1961)

| Drama | 1962 (USA)
1961. Drama. Stars oscar nominared. Rachel Roberts, James Maxwell and Annette Whiteley. A key example of British new wave, a great study of the uneasy life of 14 year old Sheila.

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Anne Howland
James Maxwell ...
John Howland
Annette Whiteley ...
Sheila
Ellen McIntosh ...
Mary Gardner
John Dare ...
Stephen Howland
Michael Clarke ...
William Howland
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1961. Drama. Stars oscar nominared. Rachel Roberts, James Maxwell and Annette Whiteley. A key example of British new wave, a great study of the uneasy life of 14 year old Sheila.

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Title Cards: When a family breaks up it is the children who suffer the most. Often their lives begin again in Children's Homes. From there they may be helped to find love and happiness with foster parents. Some - the difficult ones - repel all help.
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Kitchen sink drama looks at the problems of foster care
19 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

GIRL ON APPROVAL is a timely kitchen sink drama released during a wave of such films. These were typically stories involving working class families involved in situations that audiences could genuinely identify with. This one tackles the thorny subject of foster care and explores the arrival of a difficult teenage girl on a typical family.

It's a low key and rather ordinary production without much in the way of big moments or memorable set-pieces to remember it by. Despite this, the film is efficiently told and well acted by the cast members, all of whom give realistic performances. Rachel Roberts is the mainstay here, playing the mother who wants to do the right thing but gets increasingly driven to the edge by the problems involved with fostering.

James Maxwell, as her husband, takes a back seat. Unlike other reviewers here, I didn't have a problem with Annette Whiteley's acting, as her awkward performance perfectly encapsulates her own character's awkward age and psychological difficulties.


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