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Wish You Were Here (1987)

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In 2003 almost seems nostalgia, the crackle skirts and bryll cream from ‘Wish you were here’. Because who is young and sharp enough to really remember the pain of growing up in a drowsy and oppressive environment in the 1950s? Lynda, the quirky heroine of this film, has a hard time with . If she does not agree with something, she does not hide . The festive return of fathers from the war, in which the adults predominate and the little ones are forced to sit on a chair, is immediately disrupted by little Lynda. Out of dissatisfaction, she puts on a gas mask to prevent father, who can’t stop talking about his soldier success with the females, from kissing her.Dad immediately shows his stern love by sending Lynda to her room for using the word bum, after which a caring mother comes to calm things down. When she dies shortly after the incident, the turnips are completely cooked: no more love, just a hard-hearted father, who lets her go to therapy because she curses too much and he simply wants the best for her.

You think the tone has been set. This is a film about hypocrisy and rebellious youth in a time that you can now laugh affably and understandingly about. But ‘Wish you were here’ continues. Sixteen-year-old Emily Lloyd portrays a timeless heroine in her debut, a symbol of the life force of teenagers who refuse to believe that there is more to life than what they feel. The strength of this film by David Leland, an independent filmmaker from the club who also produced ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ (1985), is that this is not portrayed by philosophical banter on a school wall or romantic teen sex on the sly. but because of the lonely quest of a screaming but full of life girl who doesn’t know it all either. Sometimes it is moving, sometimes hilarious, but always convincing, partly because of Lloyd’s game,who had to run after this top debut throughout her film career. The highlight is the scene in which Lynda, as a waitress in a luxury tearoom, puts the arrogant guests on display by giving them their fat from a table, of course only to the detriment of herself. Her doesn’t want her anymore, she loses her job and is pregnant with a man who denies being the father, enough for a tragic ending. But then we overlook the indestructible self-esteem of the protagonist. The final scene of the film, in which Lynda, as a single mother, proudly parades with her pram past the good people who look up from behind the geraniums, does not offer a humiliation, but rather hope.The highlight is the scene in which Lynda, as a waitress in a luxury tearoom, puts the arrogant guests on display by giving them their fat from a table, of course only to the detriment of herself. Her doesn’t want her anymore, she loses her job and is pregnant with a man who denies being the father, enough for a tragic ending. But then we overlook the indestructible self-esteem of the protagonist. The final scene of the film, in which Lynda, as a single mother, proudly parades with her pram past the good people who look up from behind the geraniums, does not offer a humiliation, but rather hope.The highlight is the scene in which Lynda, as a waitress in a luxury tearoom, puts the arrogant guests on display by giving them their fat from a table, of course only to the detriment of herself. Her doesn’t want her anymore, she loses her job and is pregnant with a man who denies being the father, enough for a tragic ending. But then we overlook the indestructible self-esteem of the protagonist. The final scene of the film, in which Lynda, as a single mother, proudly parades with her pram past the good people who look up from behind the geraniums, does not offer a humiliation, but rather hope.she loses her job and is pregnant with a man who denies being the father, enough for a tragic ending. But then we overlook the indestructible self-esteem of the protagonist. The final scene of the film, in which Lynda, as a single mother, proudly parades with her pram past the good people who look up from behind the geraniums, does not offer a humiliation, but rather hope.she loses her job and is pregnant with a man who denies being the father, enough for a tragic ending. But then we overlook the indestructible self-esteem of the protagonist. The final scene of the film, in which Lynda, as a single mother, proudly parades with her pram past the good people who look up from behind the geraniums, does not offer a humiliation, but rather hope.

Wish You Were Here (1987) Comedy, Drama | 1h 28min | 24 July 1987 (USA) 6.8
Director: David LelandWriters: David LelandStars: Emily Lloyd, Trudi Cavanagh, Clare CliffordSummary: In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age. At sixteen, she becomes more exhibitionist and seeks out sexual encounters challenging the prevailing lower-middle class attitudes to sex. She eventually becomes pregnant by an acquaintance of her father. Written by Will Gilbert

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