4stars but i love this film and have watched it several times
you will be wondering why you ordered this in the first 30 mins. It does improve and shows a dysfunctional family getting ready for mummy to depart this world. Daughter has mummy boyfriend stealing issues and brother has avoidance issues of delaying the inevitable. Seriously thou, does improve a little and worthwhile continuining through the painful drivel to see out mummy's death and see the kiddies depart quicksmart, never to see each other again. May remind some people of their own families. Cant believe thou Mr Rush put his name to this.
Dying matriarch sees her expat children for last time. Excruciating twaddle from the pen of Patrick White. The cast do their best to make something of it but to no avail. 2.5 stars
I can't stand Geoffrey Rush and this movie would have been better without him. With that said, this was a very funny movie and I enjoyed it greatly.
Charlotte Rampling turns in an excellent performance as the rich but bitter widow on her death-bed, and the rest of the cast are high standard too. However, nothing much happens and the viewer doesn't care about the characters. There are flashbacks to fill in the backstory but this film didn't engage me.
From a Patrick White novel so as pretentious, ponderous, wandering and just plain weird as one would expect. Terribly slow first half hour though improves somewhat once it's clear what is going on. A good performance by Geoffrey Rush gets it just over the pass mark.
Excellent movie. Great acting.
great cast , loved the characters, really watching
This movie was ok (ie. well-made) but on the whole was not very engaging. Clearly it is based on a complex piece of writing and so it does not translate very well to the screen despite excellent acting and direction. It comes across as too "stagey" and ultimately fairly flat.
NB: Really big fan of Aust films so don't take this negative review as knocking it on that basis. Also haven't read the novel or any of Patrick White's writing either.
A brilliant novel but very hard to translate this to the screen. I think Fred Schepisi did a marvellous job of getting the "guts" of the book to screen but really, this is best enjoyed if you do not compare the two. This way you will be able to enjoy the full richness of the film. I am so glad he didn't try to sensationalise the stars and just played it straight, a fantastic effort by all concerned. Very cerebral and nothing is handed to you on a plate here so you do need to absorb as much as possible to get the most out of it. I loved Charlotte Rampling's aussie accent, it was spot on.
love australian movies, but this one was disappointing. Story line odd and Geoff rush locked in stereotype acting which is becoming extremely predictable and boring
Boring! Fast forwarded and watch this in 60 mins and still a waste of time. Very predictable ending
I loved this movie - I will admit to being a big Patrick White fan and have read the book (more than once). I did wonder how it would come across onscreen but I thought it was very well done - the casting is great and the twisted and dysfunctional family is portrayed to perfection.
Clearly it's an accomplished piece of film-making based on an undoubtedly profound piece of literature, yet something isn't quite right. The characters are spectacularly un-engaging and they make the story fundamentally boring. Pity, as some of the cinematography is wonderful. The voice-over and ultimately the stage setting seems to put a barrier to audience emotional involvement with the story. Moreover, the woman on her death-bed seems far too lively, articulate and mischievous to be actually dying. It doesn't ring true.
This is quality Australian cinema for those with eyes to see it. Great acting, A very moody and understated, yet elegant script.
I hope many get to enjoy this.
Very weird movie - I did not enjoy it at all.