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When Aggie Winkowski finds an abandoned child, Millie Forester, in a vice-ridden quarter of town, Aggie is all too aware of the dangers the girl would face on her own and decides to take her in. From these unpromising beginnings, a relationship is established which gives a new meaning to Aggie's life and is to mould Millie's destiny as she grows toward womanhood.
Approximately 150 minutes.
This is an excellent adaptation of Catherine Cookson's novel of the same name. This is the story takes place in a large and bustling English village in 1854. It tells the tale of Millicent "Millie" Forester, a beautiful young child whose desperate mother, having had a change in fortune, looks to earn their daily bread by reluctantly indulging in the world's oldest profession. When her mother is caught and dragged off to the local jail, rag picker Agnes Winkowski takes Millie under her wing. Her rough demeanor and bluster hides a heart of gold, as she already shelters a handsome hunchbacked teen named Ben, whose values and goodness do Aggie credit. When Millie's mother is abducted by the local pimp and brothel owner, she hangs herself. This degenerate then sets his sights on Millie, as he has a clientele who will appreciate what she has to offer them. When Aggie becomes aware of the perfidy that is afoot, she sets Millie off to a convent school, where she hopes that she will be kept safe. When she finally returns home, Aggie and Ben both keep an eye out for Millie, knowing that the danger has only intensified, as child prostitution proliferates in Victorian England. As Millie blossoms into a beautiful teenager, she goes to the country to work as a nursemaid. There, she is happy, until a sordid incident at a servants' party at a neighboring manor forces her to return home to Aggie and Ben. A wealthy suitor soon convinces her that she is in love, but this romance is not all that it seems, as Millie will soon discover. Moreover, her father, whom she has long thought dead, reappears and is nothing more than a scoundrel of the worst sort.Read more ›
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I've seen this film as a mini TV series, and I adored it so much I bought the book, too! The high rating of course is only compared to other stories of the same kind, not to immortal masterpieces! The story is romantic, the actors are great -at least most of them, there is some overacting- the guys are cute, whether you like whitecollars or bluecollars (like I do). What can I say? See it! Read it! Do anything to get hold of this story!
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A young girl's life is torn asunder when her prostitute mother is arrested, and she finds herself alone and penniless on the streets in Victorian England. Taken in by a rag picker (a person who collects and sells rags and bits of old clothing), Millie finds herself struggling to adjust to her new life.
An evil pimp, is also bent on getting his hands on Millie, so she is sent away for a while. Eventually she becomes a governess, where an awful incident and a chance meeting with a young nobleman has Millie falling in love. But is it true love? Or did the young orphan boy she grew up with also have a claim on her heart?
This was an excellent and entertaining DVD. Millie is a loving, and nice girl, and the friendship between her and her foster brother Ben was touching.