The L-Shaped Room

Synopsis: Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is unhappy with this solution. She falls into a relationship with Toby, a struggling young writer who lives on the first floor. Eventually she comes to like her odd room, and makes friends with all the strange people in the house. But she still faces two problems: what to do with her baby, and what to do with Toby.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Bryan Forbes
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

- What is it?

- What it says on the label.

- Very cheap red wine.

- It wasn't a good year when I kicked it.

- You trying to post it under the door?

- Er, no. I fell. The light went out.

Ah. Here.

Thank you.


Hello there.

Sorry, love. Did I disturb you?

No. I'm just gonna

make a cup of cocoa and go to bed.

I say, you were playing

to packed houses last night.

The phone never stopped ringing for you.

Something special on?

Yeah. Business Efficiency Exhibition,

Earl's Court. Always means a rush.

Lots of business and not much efficiency.

Suppose not.

See ya, love.

Morning, Mavis, love.

What news from the front line, then?

Oh, nothing, dear,

except Benjy's off his food again.

You're not going to the shops, are you?

You couldn't get me a tin of Kitekat?

It's the only thing he'll eat since I got the telly.

I'll give you the money later.

You'll have to or else split the tin.

No news then? About work I mean?

Work? Oh, no, dear.

No, no.

They said I did a very good audition.

But they wanted someone a bit...

I... I think they wanted a name.

Never mind, love. I'll write you

a star part one of these days.

Look what Mother's got, Benjy.

Come along!

Now wait a minute. Wait, wait.

Over. There's a clever boy.

Like a cup of tea?



Oh, I'm sorry. That was me. I...

I pinched the bulb last night

cos mine had gone. Erm...

- Look, hang on. I'll put it back.

- It's all right. Don't bother.

Al right, I'll tell you what.

Let me go ahead, OK?

- You've got the top room, haven't you?

- Er, yes.

- Do you know who had it before you?

- No.

An old girl called Mrs Williams.

Decayed gentry.

Well, no, not gentry, really.

Sort of next drawer down.

Go ahead.

Needless to say, she wasn't even

bottom drawer by the time she reached here.

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Lynne Reid Banks

Lynne Reid Banks (born 31 July 1929) is a British author of books for children and adults. She has written forty-five books, including the best-selling children's novel The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies and has been successfully adapted to film. Her first novel, The L-Shaped Room, published in 1960, was an instant and lasting best seller. It was later made into a movie of the same name and led to two sequels, The Backward Shadow and Two is Lonely. Banks also wrote a biography of the Brontë family, entitled Dark Quartet, and a sequel about Charlotte Brontë, Path to the Silent Country. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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