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Between Two Women
Between Two Women
Actors: Barbara Marten, Andrew Dunn
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Gay & Lesbian
UR     2004     1hr 33min

This powerful tale of suppressed sexuality offers poignant and sharply observant social commentary, interlaced with a tender romance. Veteran actress Barbara Marten tugs at the heart as Ellen Hardy, a working-class mother ...  more »


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Actors: Barbara Marten, Andrew Dunn
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Gay & Lesbian
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 03/02/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Post-WWII Northern England lesbian romance
abqbeach | Albuquerque, NM USA | 05/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I hadn't heard anything about this film before watching it and was very pleasantly surprised. Between Two Women is a nice romance set in post-WWII Northern England. Ellen (Barbara Marten) has lived in the same industrial mill town all of her life, surrounded by the constant noise of steam engines and a dire working class existence.

She and her dull husband have grown apart, but when their son Victor's (Edward Woodcock) teacher begins taking a special interest in his artistic abilities, Ellen's life also becomes more interesting. Soon the meetings are about Ellen and the younger Kathy (Andrina Carroll) and their growing friendship and love.

Ellen struggles with issues of duty to her marriage and parents, and working towards her own real happiness for the first time in her life. The journey is not an easy one, but she summons the courage to follow her heart.

Barbara Marten's performance as Ellen is wonderfully compelling, and the film is a lovely romance between two very real characters in the 1950s."
Great movie but the ending could have been much better
William Hughes | Ohio | 11/02/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Overall, this is great movie which takes place in the 1950's in Northern England...The young boy stays after school all the time while his mother gets aquainted with his teacher ( Miss Thompson )...Eventually the teacher resigns and moves away and ends up writing to the boys mother and it isn't until then that she realizes that she is in love with Miss Thompson...The ending of the movie I didn't think was that great because it really left some things unanswered...The mother ended up taking her son and leaving her husband to be with Miss Thompson and the movie ended with just showing the mother and son on the train on their way to begin their new life...If you are looking for something with any deep passionate scenes you won't find it in this movie...I personally thought it was going to have more romance than what it did to it which was why I bought and because I like dramas as well, but the most it ever got to was just holding hands and a hug...I found it kind of disapointing but yet still a good movie..."
Deeply moving
Lucymarie A. Ruth | 08/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Between Two Women" is the most deeply moving movie about the love between two women, indeed about the love between any two humans, that I have ever seen. I cannot ever watch the "coming out" scene (set in a Birmingham park) without crying. I suppose this movie is not for everyone, but it is one that I would not be without. Persons looking for explicit love scenes should avoid this movie. Persons looking for a beautifully human movie will want to own it."
Real and touching
Iryshkidd | California | 02/05/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a quietly told story of a woman exisitng in a loveless marriage, raising a son she cherishes, and trying to manage the balance in her gloom. She finds love in the companionship of her son's teacher, and we witness the slow simmer of her life opening in the direction of that woman. The dreariness of factory working middle class families in England lends reality. The dialogue is spoken with great economy; some of the movie is spent on scenes that could have been shortened (too many minutes of footage of walking to and from work etc) in favor of more time with the two women together. The confession of the wife to the teacher is SO heart wrenching and tender! No sex scenes, just the story of the discovery of women falling in love with each other told in a subtle and low keyed way."