Synopsis: Lonely, scruffy old farmer brings in an attractive young girl as a housekeeper. He develops a lust/ love desire for her - she sees a way of making some money.<br/><br/>Pros:1) Beautiful photography immersing you in the best or rural England: rolling landscape, green country buses, stone built villages. A great trip escapist trip for city dwellers.2) Fantastic performances from John Mills (did he ever not do this?) and Celia White.3) Engaging story that, although slow, keeps you just about interested<br/><br/>Cons:1) This is really a short story dragged out to 90 mins. If you are happy to watch the scenery and absorb the mood then that's fine but there are some who, used to the constant sensual barrage that typifies so many recent films, might find this a bit slow2) The shock ending isn't really necessary and doesn't feel like it belongs to the rest of the film<br/><br/>Unusual aspects:The film centres around Dulcima and we are expected to sympathise with her. However not only are her morals questionable but her ruthless exploitation of the old farmers loneliness suggest that she is not really a nice person at all. Meanwhile, the farmers totally understandable obsession with her is portrayed as being creepy. This is assuaged a little towards the end where we finally get a bit of pathos as we see his tragic wedding preparations in contrast to her desire to run off with her lover but in reality the pathos started much earlier and her duplicity and lack of empathy with him was always the root of the tragedy. One wonders how different this film would have been if our sympathies had been directed from the start to be with him rather than her.
Mr. Parker (Sir John Mills), a farmer who has the reputation of drinking most of his money away, lives on a farm which is in a poor state of repair. A pretty young girl, Dulcima Gaskain (Carol White), takes pity on him and decides to help him by cleaning the place. She is happy to be earning money, and he is happy because she is there. Despite being a miserable old bastard, Mr. Parker finds himself falling for Dulcima, and asks her to move in with him, to save her the walk from her house to his farm every day. She does, and is happy with her work. She, however, falls for a gamekeeper (Stuart Wilson) from the nearby estate, and they start to meet in secret because of Mr. Parker's increasing jealousy. One day, while he is at the market, she discovers a whole load of money hidden in an upstairs room, and this changes the relationship between Mr. Parker and Dulcima. She becomes more friendly towards the farmer, now knowing of his wealth, and Mr. Parker decides that he wants her for his ...
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