Strawberry Fields (15)


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Frances Lea's melodrama is a tale of two sisters played out over an English summer in Kent.

Gillian (Anna Madeley) drifts into a fruit-picking job and a romance with saturnine Scot Kev (Emun Elliot), only for the idyll to be overturned when her needy, manipulative sister Emily (Christine Bottomley) catches up with her. The film has a slight Play for Today earnestness and lacks a strong ending, but the performances are good and Lea has an eye for a ripe image: the maggot squirming out of a strawberry is like something from an allegorical painting.