Pentlow Film Club – September 2014

Film ReelThis season, our eighth journey through film, began with a naughty comedy: Saving Grace,the story of how a widow left penniless by a husband who did not have a gift for making money turned her fortunes around by means of her own great gift as a gardener. The film tells of what she grew, how she grew it, with whose help and of the community around her in a Cornish village who turned a blind eye out of pure kindness, and of how nobody ever got into trouble.

The widow, Grace, was played by a young-ish and glamorous Brenda Blethyn with great aplomb, and a lack of any kind of guilt or anxiety that was astonishing in the circumstances. It was really a fairytale, where all the good people get rewarded and the bad get their come-uppance, more or less, with a great many laughs along the way. Solicitors are kind, doctors are very accommodating, policemen are blind, drug baronsĀ  are pussy cats or clowns, fisher girls are beautiful, old ladies are good with handbags, vicars are innocent, and all played by well-known actors that it was fun to recognise. Everyone lived happily ever after, and the audience loved it.

Later in the season we see Brenda Blethyn again, in a very different role, in a much darker film. In the meantime, our next date is 17 October, at the usual time, so do come and be welcome.

Isobel Clark

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