While some may object to the storytelling techniques employed by playwright and screenwriter Willy Russell to depict his title character, others will find themselves enchanted by SHIRLEY VALENTINE, in which Shirley (Pauline Collins, re-creating her role in the Broadway and London hit)
saucily addresses the camera to explain the actions, reactions, and events of her daily existence. Born and raised in Liverpool, Shirley is a dreamer who has lost sight of her dreams, having been sidetracked by motherhood and marriage to the hard-working but chauvinistic Joe (Bernard Hill). When
Shirley decides to accompany a friend on holiday to Greece, where she has a brief but eye-...