The Glass Virgin – Movie 1995

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Our local library had a copy of  The Glass Virgin on DVD which I watched recently.  I wanted to compare it to the book while it was still fresh in my mind.  I enjoyed the movie quite a lot.  As with the novel, I would recommend it for adults because of the suggestive themes throughout.

The story follows the book very well, only making some minor changes.  The initial scene with Annabella’s father and the other woman doesn’t go as far as in the book, which I think was done in good taste.  I also had a little bit of an issue with who they cast as Manuel, though I think Brendan Coyle did an excellent job.  Manuel is supposed to be tall, dark and lean.  Coyle doesn’t fit that picture very well.

The one thing that I think they shouldn’t have changed is when Annabella’s bum was pinched and she sent the platter of potatoes flying in the air.  That was rather a humorous part of the book, but the movie doesn’t do it justice.  The movie also changed the way that Annabella tried to take her own life.  I don’t think it materially detracted from the story.  Overall I’d say that the movie adaptation was very well done.

Possible Objections:

  1. Annabella’s father punches a female servant in the stomach.  He is also shown carousing with other women, though nothing explicit is shown.
  2. Some mild epithets and offensive language.
  3. A bloody boxing match in which the fighters look pretty beat up.
  4. A couple of times, a man tries to take advantage of Annabella.

Rated: NR

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Until next time…



The Glass Virgin by Catherine Cookson


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