A Follower For Emily

A Follower For Emily


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

Love and disappointment in an old folks home might be another of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau's straight-to-vid comedy turns, but it isn't.

Made for the BBC in 1974, it is infinitely less animated and more sympathetic. Emotions are muted, the comedy gentle and the pace arthritic.

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The story of Harry and Emily's marriage and how it disturbs the balance of daily routine is delicately told.

Alan Clarke's documentary approach enables him to take time establishing character within the context of exceptional care from a selfless staff (is this the old NHS?) and polite, well-behaved residents, who feel privileged to be there. The only drama, apart from honeymoon blues, is the off-screen death of an old codger.

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2001
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Gentle comedy set in an old folks' home.

Director: Alan Clarke

Writer: Brian Clark

Starring: Herbert Ramskill, Betty Woolfe, Frederick Bennett, Ella Milne

Year: 1974

Runtime: 62 minutes

Country: UK


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