Our Rating: ★★★★½
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Jess grows up in northwestern England in the 1960s with a religious evangelical mother. An exorcism is performed when Jess and her girlfriend are discovered.
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Year: 1989
Duration: 55 min
Language: UK/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Beeban Kidron
Writer: Jeanette Winterson
Starring: Charlotte Coleman, Mark Aspinall, Emily Aston, Sharon Bower, Cathryn Bradshaw, Kay Clayton, Kenneth Cranham, Freda Dowie, James Duggan, Pam Ferris, Peter Gordon, Richard Henders, Barbara Hicks, Celia Imrie, Ken Kitson
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+Alt Tags+Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Jeanette Winterson. Jess (Charlotte Coleman) grows up in northwestern England in the 1960s. She falls in love with Melanie (Cathryn Bradshaw), but unfortunately, her mother (Geraldine McEwan) is a domineering religious evangelical who wants Jess to be a missionary. Mom goes a little crazy when she suspects the ‘unnatural passions’ going on. Mom actually becomes really horrifying, enlisting the pastor to perform a disturbing exorcism to rid them of ‘the sin that dare not speak its name.’

Jess continues to spend time with her mother and the other incredibly annoying bible thumpers. But she also uses bible study to pick up her next girlfriend, Katy (Tania Rodrigues), until they are cruelly betrayed to the church. All of this finally gives Jess the strength to leave for Oxford and a new life.

Great performances and a moving coming of age story. Produced by the BBC with screenplay by Winterson, it won several television awards in the UK. (AB)