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A Taste of Honey1961

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  • 3.8
  • passes the bechdel test
Jo is a working-class British teenager, living with her drink-sodden, libertine mother. Denied affection by her selfish parent, Jo is pushed further in the background when her mother impulsively marries her latest boyfriend. The girl takes a job at a shoe store, then moves in with her kindly homosexual employer. The two lost souls live in harmony until Jo becomes pregnant after a casual affair with a black sailor. Her flatmate comes to the rescue by offering to look after the baby. This relatively blissful state of affairs is short-lived; before long, Jo's hateful mother, having been kicked out by her man descends upon her daughter and her "family," with all her debilitating emotional baggage intact.

Member Reviews (3)

top reviewer

Adapted from the play by Shelagh Delaney, a remarkable debut for Rita Tushingham. It is a film which brought the issues of unwed mothers and homosexuality to the screen in a realist fashion. subjects not often addressed at that time in British cinema. One of the best films of the British Kitchen Sink genre.

top reviewer

sweet film_Jo is wonderful so is Jeffery & the black prince_the mom is horrible & so is her old man_but all in all everyone is really good in this_cinematography is great Britain looks gloomy & poetic

A slice of life that we get in films now adays, but for 1961, these issues were largely ignored by cinema. Film was a form of escapism for those who lived these harsh lives, who dealt with adultery, violence, discrimination and prejudice in a daily basis. This piece points fingers and makes clear how being a horrible person and being a good person isn't related to sexual orientation or skin colour.