Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989)
Directed by Beeban Kidron
UK : 144 minutes : Drama
Coming of age story about an iron-willed young woman who's been
raised in a strict evangelical environment, and whose lesbianism
scandalizes her equally iron-willed adoptive mother, and pretty
much the rest of the church, too. Made by the BBC from the
semi-autobigraphical -- and often very funny -- first novel
by Jeannette Winterson.
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This movie is very funny &, at times, somewhat disturbing. I love Geraldine McEwan as the
staunchly religious mother, so devout she is often truly absurd. The moment when Jess, her
daughter, meets Melanie is priceless as are the two actresses who play Jess throughout her unusual
childhood. Laugh at loud funny at times, it is equally as dark at others. Avery worthwhile
cinematic ride I recommend for all Lesbians & lovers of BBC productions. The characters are very
well fleshed out & intriguing if not sympathetic. This movie will leave a lasting impression.