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All That Heaven Allows + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large (BFI, 12 December)

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BFI Wednesday 12 December 2018 18:10

A big screen classic from the BFI, playing as part of their regular strand celebrating the great movies of yesteryear.

A middle-class widow finds her loneliness assuaged by the company of her slightly younger, slightly bohemian gardener, but her children and friends are scandalised at the thought of any romance. Sirk’s exquisitely subdued melodrama offers a scathing attack on the stultifying conformism of the American Dream; the precise visuals, the eloquent symbolism, the nuanced performances and cruel ironies pack a surprisingly powerful punch.