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just watched 'ballet shoes'

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southeastastra Tue 21-Dec-10 19:26:13

don't remember it being so smugtastic

but the 'don't send the children to the school down the road, they might get lice' line really pissed me off!

BelligerentYhoULE Tue 21-Dec-10 19:27:09

Was this the one with Emma Watson? I watched it when it was on the first time and disliked it - why did they put that silly love affair in?

southeastastra Tue 21-Dec-10 19:30:47

yes i remember watching the series in the 70s and reading the book years ago - characters were really unlikeable in this version

BelligerentYhoULE Tue 21-Dec-10 19:32:00

I may have to read it (again) tonight though, now you've mentioned it!

southeastastra Tue 21-Dec-10 19:33:57

let me know if the line about lice is in the book grin

letsblowthistacostand Tue 21-Dec-10 23:16:44

Line about lice NOT in the book. Book not at all smug either--woman with 3 adopted children so desperate for money that she sends them out to work from the age of 12. I love Emma Watson but she does lend an air of smugness to everything she's in.

5Foot5 Wed 22-Dec-10 20:36:10

I have read the book many times and of course it is infinitely better than the TV adaptations.

However, I have to say I quite liked that version when it was on. I know the romance for Sylvia was a bit superfluous but it didn't spoil it for me.

In the book the children do go to a local school at first but it is obviously a fee paying one because they are taken out when money gets tight. However,as DD and I have always said, their sort of "poor" is the sort where you still live in a five floor house and can afford a cook, a maid and a nanny.

BelligerentYhoULE Wed 22-Dec-10 20:48:18

But the house is Gum's, the 'nanny' isn't actually getting paid and cook and Clara (have I remembered her name right?) sound as if they are happy to work for peanuts in order to remain with Sylvia and the children. And without the lodgers they'd have been in a terrible position - no money, no way of earning money, not knowing when they may have to sell the house etc. Terrible for Sylvia because she had three dependents and no idea how to support them once Gum's money ran out.

ppeatfruit Thu 23-Dec-10 17:03:01

What amazed me in that was the total lack of acting skills shown by Emma Watson , IMO she's a bit like keira Knightley pretty but wooden!

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