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.

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