The Chalk Garden

1964, Movie, NR, 106 mins

Hayley Mills was 16 when this film was made and fairly glowed with good health, perhaps inappropriately so for this grim melodrama. Mills plays Laurel, a privileged but troubled youth who feels unloved--her mother (Sellars) has remarried and abandoned the girl to the care of her grandmother (Dame Edith Evans). The old woman spends most of her time tending a garden, while the girl is delevoping a penchant for pyromania. Enter Madrigal (Deborah Kerr), a compassionate, mysterious governess whose secrets Laurel is compelled to discover. Madrigal sees in Laurel a potential for violence that recalls her own past, so she takes the youngster in tow to set about changing th...
Released: 1964 Rated: NR Length: 106 mins

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