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Winnie is a mentally handicapped woman who lives with her elderly mother (Cora) and aunt (Ida). They visit the cemetery where Winnie's father is buried. Also in the cemetery are two art ... See full summary »

Director:

Malcolm Mowbray

Writer:

Alan Bennett (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Cora
Constance Chapman ... Ida
Sheila Kelley Sheila Kelley ... Winnie
Max Hafler Max Hafler ... First Attendant
Jim Broadbent ... Second Attendant
Lesley Manville ... Liz
Jimmy Yuill ... Charles
Avril Elgar Avril Elgar ... Ivy
Peter Lorenzelli Peter Lorenzelli ... Eric
Veronica Roberts Veronica Roberts ... Interviewer
Jackie Shinn Jackie Shinn ... Undertaker
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Winnie is a mentally handicapped woman who lives with her elderly mother (Cora) and aunt (Ida). They visit the cemetery where Winnie's father is buried. Also in the cemetery are two art students, one of whom (Liz) asks if she can take a photograph of the three women. She takes it while they are not prepared, making them look ridiculous (Cora is putting her make-up on, Winnie is staring at the camera with her mouth open). Cora is angry, and Liz takes another of them properly posed. But she enters the first photograph for a competition, where it wins a prize. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bennett's talent for creating funny yet touching miniatures on display
12 January 2013 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Lovely, simple piece, combing humor and gentle pathos as Bennett does so well.

A retarded woman in her late 20s is taken to see her father's grave by her mother and aunt. There, they encounter a young woman who's a photography student, dealing with her project to take photos at the cemetery. We quickly get a sense of the lonely life the mother has led raising her daughter, and the love and mild tensions with her never married sister,

There are some very funny side scenes as the photographer tries to get natural looking "candid" shots of the graveyard staff, but only managing to direct them into total stiffness. A young Jim Broadbent gives a wonderful comic turn as one of the attendants.

At the same time, the film very gently raises some real questions about the intrusion of art into people's private lives.

The acting is all quite fine, and the directing very simple and unobtrusive, but effective. In just 40 minutes Bennett does his thing of letting feel like we're eavesdropping on real life, and getting to know all these people very well in a very short time.


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