The Getting of Wisdom (1977)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Period Film  |   Release Date - Jun 15, 1977 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |  
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The suffocating repressiveness of the Victorian era is superbly realized by director Bruce Beresford in The Getting of Wisdom. Thirteen-year-old Laura (Susannah Fowle), an incorrigible free spirit from the Australian outback, is enrolled in a prestigious girl's boarding school. The indoctrination process is a rough one, and Laura very nearly loses her individuality and sense of self-worth. When she does mature, however, it is on her terms, and not the school's. Intriguingly, The Getting of Wisdom is based on the reminiscences of a 19th-century female writer who used the pen name of Henry Handel Richardson. Despite its somber dramatic overtones, the film contains moments of uninhibited humor, a trademark of director Beresford.

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Australia, boarding-school, coming-of-age, girl, school, teenagers