Picks and Pans Review: She's Been Away

updated 12/02/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/02/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (Sun., Dec. 1, 9 P.M. ET)


Before her death last summer at 83, Dame Peggy Ashcroft made her final film appearance in this Masterpiece Theatre offering as a woman who is removed from a mental institution by her affluent nephew (James Fox) after 60 years. Eventually Ashcroft and Fox's pregnant wife (Geraldine James) team up for an addled odyssey through the British hinterlands.

In an understated way, this funny, poignant, wonderfully detailed, thoroughly British and superbly acted movie points out how much we take for granted in our lives.

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