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The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, October ?. 19875
British film takes revealing look at teen's coming of age
Lynda's father really did love her,
or so her aunt says. The problem is
that Lynda, desolate, pregnant and
sitting in a dumpy cafe, does not"
know it. But it isnt her father's fault;
as her aunt says about love, "You
can't show that sort of thing in this
day and age."
So goes life in the new David
Leland film "Wish You Were Here."
The day and age of which the aunt
speaks is 1950s England, and the
weather is anything but beautiful.
Lynda (Emily Lloyd) is a confused
teenager with a dirty mouth, a willful
attitude and a strong streak of
exhibitionism. Coming to maturity in
a stuffy coastal town where her father
is a respectable Freemason and her
younger "bloody boring sister" is a
model Girl Guide, Lynda herself is
just bloody bored.
Lynda's problems are many. She
loses several jobs because of her
outrageous behavior (such as model
ing her new underpants before co
workers at the carriage company).
She feels alienated from her father
and misses her mother, who died
when Lynda was still young. And she
cannot control her emerging
Since affection is a commodity in
short supply in Lynda's life, she
becomes virtually addicted to the
attentions of men, something which
she discovers is not difficult to obtain.
Playing the wild child, she rides her
bicycle about town with her skirts
hiked up to the limit of legal decency.
A would-be teenage Betty Grable, she
exposes long stretches of legs to
anyone at the drop of a hat.
Despite her uninhibited public
behavior, Lynda really isn't ready to
handle her sexuality. In her first
romantic encounter, she bursts into
tears because she enjoys the advances
of a bumbling teenage Romeo. It is
only moments before she loses her
virginity that she discovers that
condoms (or, as she calls them,
"plunkers") are not oral contracep
tives. And after gaining first-hand
knowledge of the proper use of
plunkers, she still feels dissatisfied
and disappointed. "Is it always that
quick?" she asks.
Her father (Geoffrey Hutchings)
knows Lynda is out of control, and
takes her to a psychiatrist. One of
the film's funniest scenes is in the
psychiatrist's office, when he asks her
to recite an ABCs of curse words. She
obliges him by naming words begin
ning with A, B, and D, but staunchly
denies knowing the obvious words
starting with C and F.
Lynda's sexual curiosity eventually
gets the best of her, as she begins a
sleazy affair with a middle-aged man
(Tom Bell). Never pretending to love
her, he refuses to wear a "plunker"
or to hold her when she tearfully begs
for comfort. He probably represents
a father figure to her, but, sadly, he
does a dismal job of filling such a
Lynda, showing signs of the Electra
complex, cannot comfortably accept
her father's sexual relationship with
his lady friend. In their confrontation
over her affair, she bluntly asks him
why it is all right for him but not
for her. "I'm a man" is the ambiguous
explanation he offers. Whether he
means he is a man as opposed to a
woman or as opposed to a child is
Netters tout State in
three convincing sets
By LANGSTON WERTZ
A wildly vocal crowd played
witness to a runaway Tar Heel victory
in Carmichael Auditorium Tuesday
night, and the Dean of coaches was
nowhere in sight. Instead, it was
coach Peggy Bradley-Doppes and the
women's volleyball team who were
the recipients of the applause, as UNC
sent N.C. State back to Raleigh in
straight sets, 15-7, 15-6, 15-12.
The crowd, numbering about 1 ,000
screaming fans and band members,
cheered as junior hitter Andrea Wells
'. sparked the Tar Heels with a couple
, of crunching kills in the first game,
as UNC jumped to a 9-2 advantage
and never looked back. .
State did mount a comeback of
sorts, however. The Wolf pack's
Volire -Tisdale showed, off some
Jordanesaue leaning abilitv. drawing
State to within five points of the Tar
Heels at 10-5 and drawing oohs and
ahhs from the crowd as well. But the
Tar Heel net blockade got the ball
back to the offense and a windmill
hitter from Canton, Ohio, named
Wells. She responded in her usual
excellent fashion, and UNC took the
In game two, Sharon German gave
the Wolfpack a taste of things to come
with a kill that would make Bond
jealous, and followed that with a
serving performance that staked the
Tar Heels to a 7-1 lead. In a key
sequence in that second game, the trio
of blockers stopped the high-flying
Tisdale three consecutive times. A
Wells "kill and dance" routine fol
lowed, and UNC ran away, 15-6.
With the crowd screaming for State
to go where Mephistopheles lives,
UNC raced to a 4-0 advantage in the
third game. The Wolfpack closed to
within three points at 5-2, but the
game became German Time. The
sophomore hitter from Dillon, S.C.,
got the fans on their feet with a variety
of power kills, aces and digs.
Though German was invading the
State court with crunching kills, the
Wolfpack hung tough behind Tisdale,
drawing to 9-7 and then as close as
13-12. At that point, Wells got her
13th and final kill of the night to send
UNC to a 14-12 lead.
Fittingly, the defense won the game
as Tisdale's final attempt was blocked
and the white ball crashed onto
State's side of the court.
Though Wells played an outstand
ing game and consistently gave the
Tar Heels the lift they needed to
overcome State rallies, the evening
belonged to German. The sophomore
hitter lead the team with 14 kills, two
aces and 10 digs.
After the game, assistant coach
Kevin Kirk talked about German's
phenomenal effort, the defense and
the impact of the victory on the team.
"It's easy for us to get fired up for
State, and any time you beat the
Wolfpack it's a big win," Kirk said.
"The team really played well, espe
cially German. We passed really well
tonight, which you need to do against
a good serving team like State.
Kirk also stressed the importance
of stopping Tisdale, State's biggest
"We also knew No. 7 (Tisdale)
liked to hit the ball down the line,'
Kirk said. "We had her scouted well
and our defense played accordingly.
Both Kirk and Bradley-Doppes
said the scouting of State's key
players played a major role in the
"We were inspired after Penn State
and the kids realized they had to
push " Bradley-Doppes said. "We
had watched No. 7 (Tisdale) and No.
12 (Patty Lake) and we knew if we
stopped them, we'd beat State."
Bradley-Doppes emphasized that
the game had been fun, and that spirit
was very evident after the game, as
the players smiled and danced around
with the crowd. Even Bradley-
Doppes performed a victory dance,
of sorts, with Lady Kill, Sharon
The victory, which for some unex
plained reason did not count in the
ACC standings, improved UNC's
record to 10-8. State drops to 5-7.
Field hockey beats UVa;
women's golf takes third
From staff report
The UNC field hockey team solid
ified its grasp on the No. 1 spot
nationally Tuesday night, as it man
handled fourth-ranked Virginia in
Charlottesville, knocking off the
The win moves the Tar Heels to
7-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference,
while Virginia fell to 7-2, 2-1.
UNC was led by Julie Blaisse, who
had two goals, and the passing
combination of Lori Bruney and
Jennifer Anderson, who collected
three assists apiece while together
setting up UNC's first three goals.
Those initial three markers all came
off penalty corners. For the game, the
Tar Heels had 12 corners to the Cavs'
The first goal came at the 21:00
mark, as Bruney and Anderson
combined to get the ball to Betsy
Gillespie, who continued her scoring
ways by knocking a shot past Cav
goalie Donna DeNoble.
UNC scored thrice in the second
half, as Blaisse scored at the 55:00
and the 58:00 mark, with Bruney and
Anderson garnering assists on both
Then, at 69:30, Maryellen Falcone
took a penalty stroke and beat
DeNoble to round out the scoring.
For the Tar Heels, goalie Kathy
unclear, but either way, his coldness
drives her away.
Bell portrays Lynda's lover Eric
with all the sliminess called for, and
Hutchings is properly staid, but
Lloyd is the one who really shines
in "Wish You Were Here." A pretty
16-year-old English actress, she plays
Lynda with transparent rebellious
ness. Lynda's innocence shows
through clearly, and the effect can be
heartbreaking, as in the scene after
she leaves home. Though Lynda is
a brat with lots of bravado, she comes
across as very sympathetic and
Writer and director Leland mas
terfully uses visual details to convey
deep meanings. For instance, when
Lynda decides to leave home, she
takes her mother's clothes from the
closet while photographs of her
mother and herself as a young child
loom large in the foreground. Near
the end when a despondent Lynda
strolls by the ocean, a ubiquitous
presence throughout the film, she
walks past her younger self riding a
Several disturbing images recur in
the film. One of these is the old tap
dancer who shuffles out of rhythm
down on the seaside boardwalk.
Another is Lynda wearing a gas
mask. She first wears it as a pouting
child sitting on the curb. Later it
shows up in the unlikely but somehow
appropriate context of a rendezvous
Lighting adds much to the film,
especially in its creative use as an
indicator of time passages. Several
times, the camera circles behind
Lynda seated at a window, only to
white out in blindingly bright light.
When the refocus comes, Lynda is
at a different stage of life.
The movie is unmistakably British
and terribly authentic in setting.
Worthing in West Sussex was selected
as the filming location, and many of
the town's existing features areas
perfect for Leland's purpose as
anything which could be constructed
on a sound stage. The English flavor
is delicious, even though occasionally,
especially in highly emotional
exchanges, the accents make dialogue
a challenge for American ears.
"Wish You Were Here" is basically
a character study which is, at times,
uncomfortably intimate. Bawdy and
classy at the same time, it explores
emotions without flinching. The
study is never objective, and the
embarrassment and abandonment
felt by Lynda and the characters
about her is contagious, even to those
who sit in front of the screen.
Mulvey kicked out three shots, but
split credit for the shutout with
Evelien Spee, who played the final
seven and a half minutes and made
The news from Memphis was less
cheery, as for the second year in a
row, the Duke women s golf team
won the Memphis Women's Intercol
legiate Tournament Tuesday after a
final round of 305.
The UNC Tar Heels, who began
the day in second place, just five
strokes behind the Blue Devils, skied
to 318 and dropped into third place
with a three-day total of 939. Duke
finished at 921, and Kentucky took
second with 937 after a final round
Taking the individual title was
Kentucky's Kate Rogerson, who shot
75 Tuesday to finish at 222, five
strokes ahead of UNC's Donna
Andrews, whose third round of 77
gave her a 227 total.
The rest of the Tar Heels did not
fare nearly so well. Suzy McGuire,
who had opemng rounds of 74 and
81, bounced back with a 77, but still
finished at 232. Katie Peterson, whose
even-par 72 Monday had placed her
in a position to take the title, blew
up Tuesday and shot 86 for a
disappointing total of 234.
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