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Directed by Joseph Losey • 1971 • United Kingdom
Starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Dominic Guard
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the third and perhaps finest of the three collaborations between writer Harold Pinter and director Joseph Losey is a cool and cutting adaptation of the novel by L. P. Hartley. In turn-of-the-century England, a forbidden love affair between a beautiful heiress and a poor tenant farmer (Alan Bates) plays out in secret. The “go-between” in their romance is twelve-year-old Leo (Dominic Guard) who unwittingly allows himself to be used as their messenger—a situation that lays bare the rigid class divisions of English society and leaves a lasting scar on the young boy’s life.