Secret Places

Secret Places is a pleasing evocation of schoolgirl life in England during World War II.

With:
Marie-Therese Relin Tara MacGowran Claudine Auger Jenny Agutter Cassie Stuart Anne-Marie Gwatkin

Secret Places is a pleasing evocation of schoolgirl life in England during World War II.

Based on a novel by Janice Elliott, the film recounts the initially hostile response of a group of adolescents to the enrollment of Laura Meister, a German refugee, in their all-girl school. Gradually her exotically winning ways and intelligence secure her enrollment in the select circle which gathers in ‘secret places’. Things turn sour, however, when a girl’s father is killed in battle.

The plot relates the psychological pressures which lead to Laura’s attempted suicide.

Marie-Therese Relin captures the gestures and looks of a girl whose emotional resilience conceals suffering. Tara MacGowran is right on as a repressed English girl.

Secret Places

UK

Production: Skreba/Virgin. Director Zelda Barron; Producer Simon Relph, Ann Skinner; Screenplay Zelda Barron; Camera Peter MacDonald; Editor Laurence Mery-Clark; Music Michel Legrand; Art Director Eileen Diss

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Marie-Therese Relin Tara MacGowran Claudine Auger Jenny Agutter Cassie Stuart Anne-Marie Gwatkin

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