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The Other Side of Underneath (1972)

The Other Side of the Underneath (original title)
Jane Arden's surreal take on a group of females in a therapy session.

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Jane Arden

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Jane Arden (play), Jane Arden (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Meg the Peg
Jane Arden ... Therapist
Jack Bond Jack Bond
Liz Danciger Liz Danciger
Elaine Donovan Elaine Donovan
Susanka Fraey Susanka Fraey
Ann Lynn
Sally Minford Sally Minford ... Cellist
Jenny Moss Jenny Moss
Penny Slinger Penny Slinger
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Jane Arden's surreal take on a group of females in a therapy session.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1976 (USA) See more »

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The Other Side of Underneath See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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A female director's powerfully expressive and personal exploration of mental health issues.
28 February 2014 | by johndavies007See all my reviews

Apparently the only British film directed solely by a woman (Jane Arden) in the 1970s, The Other Side of Underneath is quite harrowing and claustrophobic, taking us into the minds of female psychiatric patients in Wales, with discordant screeching sounds and strange searing and hallucinatory images. It seems to subvert not only polite society but also the repression of sexuality; late in the film we have a relative, almost idyllic sense of freedom, with an open air coupling. There's something of Max Ernst and Edvard Munch about the film, but this is very much from a female perspective, implying that society for too long has damagingly frowned on female sexual feelings as unclean. Scenes with Romanies and a few black children are telling, underlining the shared status of unwanted powerless outsiders. Alongside almost infernal visions, the film also questions attitudes to religion and neglect of a more natural life.

Maybe wretchedly self-indulgent, relentless and disgusting to some, for me it's a serious, persuasive and emotion-churning examination of "mental illness", one of the boldest films to emerge from the UK, but one from which i was relieved to step out into the warm sunlight.


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