Twenty years on file followed by another twenty in the House of Commons has made Glenda Jackson one of the most respected and remarkable ladies of the past century. A career on stage before her film career began and a career on stage again after retiring from politics has made her a respected artist. Having seen her this past spring as "King Lear" on Broadway only cemented my admiration, and this film (one of her last) is a lot better than I suspected considering the subject, the fact that it could easily have been made for BBC, and how it reflects current events. It's nothing earth shattering, but I felt for the victim of sexual harassment here and got a glimpse into an issue that's often just a headline and often results in a quickly turned page.
Jackson is the mild mannered manager of a women's clothing shop, the breadwinner in the working class family, as her husband (a very subtle John
Thaw) has been unemployed for three years, seemingly too depressed (and in his words too old) to find work. She learns through one of her employees that corporate supervisor Eamond Boland not only made a pass but got far too physical, a very uncomfortable scene to watch, even for a male viewer. Jackson basically brings it up to him to get his side of the story which of course he lies about. The next day, Jackson I sacked, and she decides to take this to the union, ironically as news footage of union footage and parliament are used.
Getting to see Jackson deal with both family issues and a social problem she wants to be dealt with shows the commanding way Jackson most likely dealt with issues she faced in public service. This also ago police brutality during the Thatcher era, and perhaps enticed Ms. Jackson to face her greatest challenge. Ironically, this shows the various abuses by people in power, and women are not made to be completely innocent, especially the officers who assault Cathy Tyson (playing Jackson's son's girlfriend) who is arrested in a protest.
This could have been better of course, but I think the subtleties work, as well as the narrative that most men are not like Eamond and find that type of behavior reprehensible. The number of men at Jackson's public statement (as well as those who join her in protest) gives a fair view to both genders Workin together to create a completely fair working world where everybody is treated as a human being.
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