Miss Mary

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Maria Luisa Bemberg's follow-up to her Oscar-nominated CAMILA (1985) stars Julie Christie as Mary Mulligan, the spinsterish but attractive English governess of three in 1938 Argentina. Told in flashback, the story opens in 1930, as two girls are put to bed by Miss Mary's predecessor while their parents prepare to attend a celebration of the coming to power...read more

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Maria Luisa Bemberg's follow-up to her Oscar-nominated CAMILA (1985) stars Julie Christie as Mary Mulligan, the spinsterish but attractive English governess of three in 1938 Argentina. Told in flashback, the story opens in 1930, as two girls are put to bed by Miss Mary's predecessor while

their parents prepare to attend a celebration of the coming to power of a military faction that will oppressively rule the country for 15 years. The upper class has "wholeheartedly supported this break of constitutional rule." Later, in 1945 Buenos Aires, as this era is about to end and Juan

Peron's is about to begin, Miss Mary reflects on her life at the estate of the archconservative patriarch Alfredo (Eduardo Pavlovsky), his frail wife (Nacha Guevara), and their children. The film cuts between past and present, detailing the effect that the sexual codes underlying the sumptuous

life of the bourgeoisie have on the new governess and her charges. Christie does well in her role, but her character is underwritten. Although the nuances of her stultifying environs are conveyed with a precise sense of the period, the travails of the patrician family are never very compelling.

This was something of an autobiographical film for director-cowriter Bemberg, the feminist product of a rich family and a restrictive upbringing by foreign governesses. Unfortunately, MISS MARY never shows the means by which its victimized characters arrive at their unhappy states with much force

or complexity, making for a fairly uninvolving drama. (In Spanish and English; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Maria Luisa Bemberg's follow-up to her Oscar-nominated CAMILA (1985) stars Julie Christie as Mary Mulligan, the spinsterish but attractive English governess of three in 1938 Argentina. Told in flashback, the story opens in 1930, as two girls are put to bed… (more)

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