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Family Life (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 February 1972 (Ireland)
A teenage girl suffers a nervous breakdown.

Director:

Ken Loach (as Kenneth Loach)

Writers:

David Mercer (play), David Mercer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Ratcliff ... Janice Baildon
Bill Dean ... Mr. Baildon
Grace Cave Grace Cave ... Mrs. Baildon
Malcolm Tierney ... Tim
Hilary Martin Hilary Martin ... Barbara Baildon
Michael Riddall Michael Riddall ... Dr. Donaldson
Alan MacNaughtan ... Mr. Caswell
Johnny Gee Johnny Gee ... Man in Garden
Bernard Atha Bernard Atha
Edwin Brown
Freddie Clemson Freddie Clemson
Alec Coleman Alec Coleman
Jack Connell Jack Connell
Ellis Dale Ellis Dale
Terry Duggan Terry Duggan
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Storyline

A 19 years old London girl received agressive psychiatric treatments for her schizophrenic behaviour by a doctor who still wants her family to insure the guard of the child without any regards to the facts that it is this family who's agravating her situation. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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A story of real people and feelings. Without make-up. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1972 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Wednesday's Child See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films, Kestrel Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Whilst in hospital, Janice watches a television news report of a mid-air collision between two RAF Canberra bombers, near Mansfield in Nottingham. This is a real event and took place on 29 January 1971. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Wednesday Play: In Two Minds (1967) See more »

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Down by the River
(uncredited)
Written by Neil Young
Sung in the therapy group
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Such is Life
24 May 2001 | by chris.murray3See all my reviews

Ironically this film comes across as being considerably more true to life than the numerous "docusoaps" that currently clog up the schedules on British television. Watching Family Life is as close as one can get to feeling like an actual fly on the wall. Sandy Ratcliffe is heartbreaking as the young dazed and confused schizophrenic girl, whose condition deteriorates thanks to her domineering parents. Bill Dean and Grace Cave are all too believable as the aforementioned mother and father, and are true screen monsters. Despite never believing that they are in the wrong, neither of the "oh so reasonable" parents are able to see beyond the end of their noses.

This film does have some touching moments but, alas, the ending is not a happy one. Which is especially a shame as the film does occasionally allow a faint glimmer of hope shine through.


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