Cinema: Feminine Mysteries

Loss of Innocence (Columbia). "Hockey's all very well in its way, but it isn't really living, is it?" Joss speaking. She is 16, English, carefully brought up, and if she suspects that hockey isn't living she doesn't really know what is. This British adaptation of a 1958 novel (The Greengage Summer) by Rumer Godden describes, with delicacy, irony, passion, poignance, wisdom, melodrama, and all the charm and fragrance of a young girl's rising summer, how Joss begins to live, begins to love, begins to die among the greengage orchards of Champagne.

She goes there on holiday with her mother, who falls seriously...

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