Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sky West and Crooked (1965)

J. Arthur Rank (UK)
Directed by John Mills
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Teenager Hayley Mills lives with her alcoholic mother in the English countryside. She spends most of her time in the local cemetery, where she buries various small animals. Soon, the children of the village join her in her strange rituals, much to the chagrin of the vicar who chastises them in church. She comes face to face with a tragic event from her childhood and ends up in the care of a friendly gypsy boy and his family. The tone veers uneasily from black comedy to teenage melodrama over the course of the story, but Hayley, directed by her father, handles the difficult role quite well.

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