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Bill Douglas's 1978 conclusion to his autobiographical trilogy is lighter than My Childhood (1972) or My Ain Folk (1973) but no less potent in its imagery. The Douglas character, now in late adolescence, joins the Royal Air Force to escape his dysfunctional family and impoverished hometown but ends up stationed at a desert outpost in Egypt, an environment just as stifling as the one he left behind. As with the first two films, Douglas composes each shot for maximum emotional impact, seldom moving the camera and including only essential details. But the storytelling is wryer and more affectionate this time around, concluding with a warm depiction of male friendship that counters the despair of the other films.

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