“If it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to get you lot organized!”
When a young woman named Georgy (Lynn Redgrave) learns that her roommate (Charlotte Rampling) is going to have a baby, she and Rampling’s immature boyfriend (Alan Bates) begin preparing for the baby’s arrival; meanwhile, the wealthy man (James Mason) Georgy’s parents (Bill Owen and Clare Kelly) work for propositions her with a contract to be his mistress, which she refuses.
Silvio Narizzano directed this “swingin’ ’60s” tale of an unconventionally quirky leading lady (Redgrave) finding her true passion in life through unexpected means. The rather dismal storyline is presented as hip and comedic: at least Redgrave has fun teaching songs to young children while her parents kowtow to a creepy older “gentleman” (Mason), her sociopathic roommate (Rampling) admits to aborting untold previous babies before finally deciding — on a whim — to keep this one (which she consistently refers to as “it”), and Bates demonstrates nothing but annoyingly “whimsical” irresponsibility. With all that said, Georgy remains an intriguing heroine: she’s someone we can’t help rooting for, especially after baby Sarah is born. It’s hard to know whether to laugh, cry, or cheer for Georgy, but she’s certainly memorable.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Lynn Redgrave as Georgy (nominated by Peary as one of the Best Actresses of the Year in his Alternate Oscars)
- Ken Higgins’ cinematography
No, but it’s worth a one-time look for Redgrave’s memorable performance.