Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Romance set in post-WWII Northern England. Ellen struggles with issues of duty to her marriage and parents when she falls in love with her son’s teacher.
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Year: 2000
Duration: 92 min
Language: UK/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Steven Woodcock
Writer: Steven Woodcock
Starring: Andrew Dunn, Barbara Marten, Andrina Carroll
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Between Two WomenThis film was a very pleasant surprise and a nice romance set in post-WWII Northern England. Ellen (Barbara Marten) has lived in the same industrial mill town all of her life, surrounded by the constant noise of steam engines and a dire working class existence. She and her dull husband have grown apart, but when their son Victor’s (Edward Woodcock) teacher begins taking a special interest in his artistic abilities, Ellen’s life also becomes more interesting.

Soon the meetings are about Ellen and the younger Kathy (Andrina Carroll) and their growing friendship and love. Ellen struggles with issues of duty to her marriage and parents, and working towards her own real happiness for the first time in her life.

The journey is not an easy one, but she summons the courage to follow her heart. Barbara Marten’s performance as Ellen is wonderfully compelling, and the film is a lovely (not yet sexual) romance between two very real characters in the 1950s. (AB)