Katell Quillévéré's family-based drama follows Suzanne, a teenage mother who falls for a gangster
Even by the mid-70s, this feel-good movie could be criticized as old-fashioned in its straightforward and optimistic reworking of Conroy's autobiographically inspired novel. Voight plays the young liberal teacher who heads for the rural South and ends up in a one-room school, where his pupils are either illiterate or retarded. Ritt, whose decency and commitment shines though in a dozen films (race was his particular concern) elicits our sympathy subtly but surely, awakening not just emotion but understanding of what the inexperienced teacher must have felt like.
The whole cast are inspired and the production values outstanding.
BIFA-nominated films including the Film4-backed 45 Years, The Lobster, Macbeth, Amy and Ex Machina will be available in cinemas nationwide from 23 November in a special public screenings event. The
Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year¿s British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), with the nomination lists for the Best British Film and Best Director a
A summary of the critics and film professionals who voted for the top 50 Horror films of the 21st Century
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