Loss of Innocence

Loss of Innocence

Lewis Gilbert (1961)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Charmingly capturing the brilliance of youth and the beauty of champagne country, director Lewis Gilbert's adaptation of Rumer Godden's novel suffers only from a disappointingly trite ending. As the 16-year-old forced to take charge of her siblings when their mother falls ill, Susannah York radiates the innocent's new-found lust for life and, whether getting tipsy for the first time or suffering from the initial pangs of love, she is truly captivating. As the mystery man who steals her heart, Kenneth More allows her the space to mature, while also revealing a more cynical side in his dealings with his landlady lover, Danielle Darrieux.


A British teenager experiences a sexual awakening when left in the care of a French hotelier and her lover while her mother is ill. Drama, starring Susannah York and Kenneth More.

Cast & Crew

Joss Grey Susannah York
Eliot Kenneth More
Mme Zisi Danielle Darrieux
Director Lewis Gilbert

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video