The Buttercup Chain
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Cousins Franz & Margaret obviously share an unresolved sexual tension, which they studiously avoid by seeking out more appropriate lovers ... except that life doesn't always follow their carefully written script. Hywel Bennett & Jane Asher are superbly cast here, embodying the Beautiful People of late 1960s/early 1970s London -- shaped by & responding to the countercultural currents of the time, but solely on a superficial level. Leigh Taylor-Young (as carefree American drifter Manny) & Sven-Bertil Taube (as vacationing Swedish student Fred) complete the buttercup chain of flowers doomed to fade with summer's end.
Granted, the film is packaged & promoted as something like a soft-porn fantasy. Certainly it has the look, with its gorgeous cinematography & equally gorgeous naked bodies of both sexes. But the sexual element is treated naturally, with the focus more on the psychology of the four young lovers. And that psychology turns out to be more twisted & bittersweet than any of them might have imagined.
Of the four, Fred is the closest to maturity, while at the same time being the most naive -- he enjoys the hedonism of this lovely summer interlude, but knows that it can't be sustained, that they do have to grow up. As a result, he's the one most likely to be hurt, and hurt deeply.Read more ›
I LOVE JANE ASHER AND SHE IS FAB IN THIS.
THE DVD IS WONDERFUL , I HAVE WATCHED IT ABOUT FIVE OR SIX TIMES ALREADY.
GET IT. IF YOU LOVE JANE, STORY IS GOOD.
I REALLY LIKE IT . ONE OF HER BEST FILMS.
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This one is definitely weird! Not that it's 'not' entertaining, but the choices these four head-trips make are why young people shouldn't be allowed to vote!! Hahaha! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Daniel J. Buchanan
In the early days I had a crush on Jane Asher but never seen a movie of her, so now a had the chance !Published on April 3, 2014 by Jacques van Leeuwen