Wish You Were Here (1987)

Wish You Were Here (1987)

Released: 1987
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Genre
Director: David Leland
Starring: Clare Clifford, Trudi Cavanagh, Emily Lloyd, ,
Run time: 88 min
IMDb: 6.8/10
Country: UK
Views: 29869


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
User Reviews: Like most of the above reviewers say, this movie is a good film for a laugh and plenty of outrageous behaviour from the protagonist, Lynda. A terrific reproduction of 50s Britain – right down to the dressing gown patterns and minor consumer products. But what is it she really wants and what does she learn from her foolish behaviour? ‘Nothing’ seems to be the answer. And this ‘nothing’ seems to be the major theme. It is a film about folly.

In many ways Lynda’s path is boringly predictable: She has no understanding of the man who manipulates her, nor of the future consequences of her rudeness and impulsive behaviour. One wonders what amount of social realism is represented here for an unmarried mother of the period. Poorly paid jobs, lack of support, a low income to further disable somebody with little patience and understanding of the situation she has largely created for herself. A fun attitude, temporary prettiness and her fast-disappearing youth will not go that far.

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