Cinema: Just Alive

A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG

Directed by PETER MEDAK Screenplay by PETER NICHOLS

It begins as an ordinary day in a distinctly uncommon marriage. Bri (Alan Bates) comes home to his Bristol flat after a typically wretched time teaching school. His wife Sheila (Janet Suzman) has tea waiting and dinner warming in the oven. They joke together, Bri tries to coax Sheila into bed, and their only child comes home from school. She is called, with a mixture of brutal humor and despair, Joe Egg. She is autistic, beyond help and hope—a...

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