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Set in the repressive suburbia of 50s America, director Douglas Sirk's melodrama revolves around a middle-aged, middle-class woman who falls for an earthy, free-spirited gardener. Soon, she has to choose between bowing to the disapproval of her neighbours and grown-up children, or following her heart. The film works as both a tear-jerking love story and a veiled dig at the laced-up social conventions of the day - and was later hailed by critics as both a fantastic example of Hollywood filmmaking, and a piece of cinema that said something important (and then rarely expressed) about the society from which it came.
Robin Wright Penn heads up an impressive ensemble cast as Mrs Lee, a sedate suburban housewife with a complicated past.
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