A real Aussie classic that has aged well. All these things are great: the story, the portrayal of distinctly Australian ways of life, the costumes, the sounds of the Australian bush, the cinematography. Judy Davis, only 20 when this was released, is so well-cast and does such a fine job, and the often wooden Sam Neill gives a finely nuanced performance. Worth 3 1/2 stars.
Great Australian classic film. I liked the scenery and I also liked the main questions of the story, such as shall we choose security versus our dreams,; How much shall we compromise our dreams in the real life situations, what is realistic and what is not? , etc. Of universal appeal, and as such Will/should appeal to many Australian viewers, I think. The DVD contains several extra features (worth viewing).
Really enjoyed this one. Great scenery, good story. Loved the ending.
Classic Australian film which stands up very well, having been made 30 years ago. Beautifully filmed ,many frames resemble Impressionist paintings I think. Judy Davis was brilliant in this.
This movie is a wonderful adaptation of the novel by Miles Franklin. The acting, the filming, costumes and setting show that life in the late 1890s wasn't easy even if you were middle-class.
Based on Miles Franklin's titular novel, this film sees Sam Neill and Judy Davis playing a couple who find themselves on the wrong side of the social line-in-the-sand when Sybylla (Davids) decides to act as an individual rather than a social pawn. Although this film was marred by the politically sensitive issues of equality on its release date, one can now more greatly admire the talent of two Antipodean thespians in all their glory and more deeply appreciate the issue of equality that Miles Franklin's novel seems to evoke. An excellent film Australian film, worth all stars and at least one or two sittings.
Very good aussie flick. It nicely shows the difference of living for the "squatters"and "selectors".Even in the 18th century the class difference was enormous.This movie is also one of the first,not very clear attempt to picture the struggle for "womens lib" as early as the 18th century.
One of the best Australian movies ever.
This is an excellent adaptation by Gillian Armstrong of this classic novel by Stella Miles Franklin. The "heroine" Sybella is a kind of symbol for Australia as a young brash nation entering federation, Sybella carrying a feminist point of view. However she, played by Judy Davis, and the cast of characters, including Sam Neil as Harry, are real flesh and blood larrikin Aussies. There is pathos in the film too, as well as humour. The back drop is a breath taking panaorama of the Australian bush, often filmed through a golden filter.