Cross My Heart and Hope to Die

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An intriguing but not wholly successful coming-of-age saga which blends mystery, comedy and Oedipal drama as Otto, a teenager abandoned by his friends for the summer holidays, strikes up a love-hate relationship with an enigmatic older kid who seems to exert a strange, malign influence (largely sexual) over the local women, including Otto's mother. The quiet small-town '60s setting is well conveyed, but the mystery is finally a somewhat annoying red herring.

By: GA

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