A Taste of Honey 

Drama |English | 101 minutes


Jo is a 17-year-old teenager living in the post-industrial area of Salford, England. Her mother, Helen, is an alcoholic,  promiscuous, rarely at home. Jimmy, a young black sailor coming off his ship, notices Jo has fallen and scraped her knee. Jimmy invites Jo to come on the ship so he can attend the wound. Jimmy and Jo develop an intimate relationship. Helen remarries  and notifies Jo she must fend for herself. Jo leaves school, gets a job in a shoe shop, and rents an apartment. Jo meets a kindly art student, Geof, and they decide to live together. When Jo discovers she’s pregnant with Jimmy, Geof is supportive and even suggests they marry.  Helen’s marriage falls apart and she moves in with Jo. An angry Geof packs his things and moves out. Jo races after him. Jo worries  her one human link to humanity may slip away.

Rita Tushingham (Jo) / Dora Bryan (Helen) / Paul Danquah (Jimmy) / Murray Melvin (Geof)
Why Stream This Film?
The film’s location  may look drab and grim, but with the kind of compassion shown to one young lady,  A Taste of Honey delivers a universal message.    
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 89%
  • 75th Venice Film Festival, Winner, Golden Lion
  • Ten Academy Award Nominations. Winner: Best Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Cinematographer (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York
  • Best Film of 2018: Time Magazine and The New York Film Critics Circle
Director Tony Richardson cast A TASTE of HONEY superbly and Walter Lassally’s cinematography and John Addison’s score help him achieve the perfect blend of poignancy and insouciance.
Michael Sragow

The New Yorker

Shelagh Delaney’s A TASTE of HONEY, which justifiably drew theatergoers like flies, to London and Broadway, is more memorable on film. The British-made drama has been given specifically effective scope in the movie medium.
A.H. Weiler

The New York Times

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