17-year old Brydie suffered some brain damage in a childhood accident and now runs wild in her tiny West Country village, playing in the graveyard with small children and obsessing about death. The townsfolk look the other way, but when a young gypsy man starts following her, they fear for her safety.
Hayley Mills was 20 but looked 12 when she made this movie which was written by her mother and directed by her father. She's quite good as the innocent, damaged girl, even though she overdoes the hysterics a few times. Ian McShane, as the gypsy man who fancies Brydie, is good but looks a bit too old and menacing. The movie is very low-key and slow, wandering aimlessly for the first half and only developing some action at the very end.
"Gypsy Girl" was originally titled, "Sky West and Crooked," a phrase that refers to Brydie's mental state. It's a rare find for Hayley Mills' fans; an interesting, though decidedly low-budget-looking, film.