Thursday 22 February 2018

How Great Expectations can easily turn into tragedy

Perhaps surprisingly, Abrahamson's film does not make caricatures of its characters, writes Carol Hunt

When I was a kid my family made the rather shocking decision to move from salt-of-the-earth Ringsend to middle-class Blackrock. I'm not sure who was more traumatised by our arrival in those privileged suburbs, ourselves or the neighbours.

"There's a family from Ringsend moved in," whispered the suspiciously polite kids with something between awe and fear. We suspected that our arrival had been much discussed at coffee mornings and over dinner tables, and undoubtedly fears had been expressed about house prices collapsing if word of this class disaster got out.

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