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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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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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Dated but still relevant today.
9 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Viewing this film nowadays, a lot of it appears quite dated. However, the message it tries to put across is still valid to this very day. The story centres around foster parents taking a very troubled 14-year old girl into their home. The trials and tribulations that follow are maybe somewhat predictable, but also realistic and valid. That very fine actress, the ill-fated Rachel Roberts, delivers yet another excellent performance in the lead role as the foster mother. Good support is offered by James Maxwell as her husband. The only jarring note is provided by Annette Whiteley, as the problem child. Hers is a patchy performance and doesn't really satisfactorily convince, unfortunately. Overall the film is absorbing and generally well presented.


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