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84 Ratings

The L-Shaped Room

Directed by Bryan Forbes
United Kingdom, 1962
Drama, Romance, LGBT+


Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution, and starts a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor.

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The L-Shaped Room Directed by Bryan Forbes

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1964 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1963 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1963 | Winner: Best British Actress

1963 | 2 nominations including: Best British Film

Critics reviews

The new wave of British kitchen-sink dramas of the sixties, which responded to the conservative art and social policies that defined the postwar fifties, regularly aligned themselves with male characters raging against propriety and family; The L-Shaped Room is one of the few concerned with a female protagonist, one who gains strength and a sense of independence from living among those society claims do not belong.
July 01, 2013
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