Between the Lines
Drama | English | 101 minutes
Staff members working at the alternative Boston weekly, The Back Bay Mainline, are young, ambitious, but also smart enough to realize that changes are coming. Their days of dissent and writing muckraking articles are slowly ebbing. The newspaper is about to be purchased by a business tycoon and, for sure, the Mainline will never be the same. But they plow ahead, making the best of the time remaining, and hoping there will be a place for them in the coming decade.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
- Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Joan Micklin Silver)
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Winner, Best Director (Joan Micklin Silver)
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I saw BETWEEN the LINES when it was first released, and it played no small part in changing my life: it fueled my nagging desire to be a journalist.
BETWEEN the LINES is technically a newspaper film, but what distinguishes it is the gently perceptive way it captures the emotional confusions of its characters. The performances are uniformly first-rate, the kind of ensemble work in which no actor is more or less important than another. BETWEEN the LINES is one of the few films I’ve seen dealing with the counterculture years that doesn’t rip it off or send it up.
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