Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War

"Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War" 2002 5* stars Pauline Collins as a recent browbeaten widow, tricked into "Home" rife with the odor of cabbage. Thelma rouses from a medicated stupor, from "a few days ago I wouldn't have said boo to a goose" to strive for freedom and happiness (see Asides below). Personal stamp of validity that this is a light-hearted version of a cruel truth. Delightful, mournful, hopeful, sad, funny, sweet. Trailer. Full.
Based on book by Vernon Coleman

Quibble: Thelma claims son Derrick never laughed "even as a baby when tickled", but he smiles widely and shrieks happily when his wife Victoria, impressed by his creative connivances, gooses him
and their loud bed bouncing attracts the neighbors, even an astonished cop.)

Collins plays an older version of her "Shirley Valentine" role, the first videotape I ever bought, and favorite live theatre production, solo. On chair, a bare stage, she recreated her family, friends, new friends, rainy England, and sunny Greece. Trailer.
Hardly worth X-rating for brief happy topless bounces, milder than a French beach, and exuberant earth moving in response.

Scary Asides:
U.S. Constitution ends with hope for country freedom and happiness, not assert individual right to such.
The Declaration of Independence
states "all men are created equal" with Rights to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" - note "pursuit", not the emotion itself, dependent on brain and body chemicals.

Canada's "Charter of Rights" waffles "subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law" and restricts "right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice". Oh dear. Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" could have ended differently a few miles north.

Around the world, governments vary,
even the World Health Organization Constitution only cites certain "principles are basic to the happiness, harmonious relations and security of all peoples".

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