It Always Rains On Sunday review

Robert Hammer directs this tough love story

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Ealing director Robert Hamer ( Kind Hearts And Coronets ) had a passion for french cinema, and with Rains he made a fair stab at transposing the poetic realism of Marcel Carné/ Jacques Prévert ( Les Enfants Du Paradis ) into a British context.

Released in1947,it depicts a drab, austerity-era East London of pinched lives and petty crime.

Googie Withers is on top form as the discontented wife of an older man whose sexy, dangerous ex-lover (John Mccallum) comes back into her life after escaping from jail.

At the end–as so often in Hamer’s work–family life closes in again like a trap.

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