- Director: Jacqueline Audry
- Writer: Pierre Laroche
A school for young ladies, run by two lesbians and staffed by a few others. One is a high-maintenance, hypochondriac harridan, the other a proficient, pragmatic grooming child-abuser.
It's shocking stuff even by today's standards...
There's a smidgen of comedy downstairs - in the kitchen - between the cook and the ravenous math teacher...but, upstairs, it's a totally different kettle of fish!
Were young ladies really this obtuse? Hopefully, times have changed!!!
Olivia, an English teenager, arrives at a finishing school in France. The majority of the pupils in the school are divided into two camps: those that are devoted to the headmistress, Mlle Julie and those who follow Mlle Cara, an emotionally manipulative invalid who is obsessed with Mlle Julie.
“Scripted by Colette, Olivia offered hothouse lesbian passion in an upper class French girls’ school,” wrote Vito Russo in The Celluloid Closet, his classic account of homosexuality and cinema. “It was a perfect ‘shadow people’ film for the Fifties. It featured dark doings in school corridors and ended in the obligatory tragic circumstances. American censors assured the delicacy of treatment for which Pit of Loneliness was touted. One censor’s notation read: ‘Eliminate in Reel 5D: Scene of Miss Julie holding Olivia in close embrace and kissing her on the mouth. Reason: Immoral, would tend to corrupt morals.’”