Family Life (1971 British film)
Family Life (US: Wednesday's Child) is a 1971 British drama film directed by Ken Loach from a screenplay by David Mercer. It is a remake of In Two Minds, an episode of the BBC's Wednesday Play series first transmitted by the BBC in March 1967, which was also written by Mercer and directed by Loach,
|Directed by||Ken Loach|
|Produced by||Tony Garnett|
|Screenplay by||David Mercer|
|Music by||Marc Wilkinson|
|Edited by||Roy Watts|
|Distributed by||MGM-EMI (UK theatrical)|
Cinema 5 Distributing (US theatrical)
|Box office||$1,827,374SEK ($291,648USD)|
A young woman, Janice, is living with her restrictive and conservative parents, who lead a dull working-class life, and consider their daughter to be "misbehaving" whenever she's trying to find her own way in life. When she becomes pregnant, they force her into abortion, and hypocritically blame her for "upsetting them" when she is unable to cope with the emotional and mental effect this has on her. Janice is subjected to shockingly self-righteous and ignorant doctors.
- 1972 Berlin International Film Festival:
- French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1974:
- Critics Award – Best Foreign Film: Ken Loach (UK)
- Sydney Film Festival 2003:
- Audience Award – Best Feature-Length Fiction Film: Ken Loach
- BAFTA Awards 1973:
- UN Award – Best Film
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