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Soft Fruit (1999)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 5

Critics say that while Soft Fruit might be difficult to watch -- dealing as it is with terminal illness -- it is an emotionally genuine, warm film. The ensemble cast are also praised for their excellent portrayals of a family.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

Critics say that while Soft Fruit might be difficult to watch -- dealing as it is with terminal illness -- it is an emotionally genuine, warm film. The ensemble cast are also praised for their excellent portrayals of a family.



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An Australian family with more than its share of eccentricities comes together and tries to set aside their differences in the comic drama Soft Fruit. Patsy (Jeannie Drynan) is the mother of four grown children who has learned she's dying of cancer. While her husband Vic (Linal Haft) is ambivalent about Patsy's condition, her kids are concerned enough to all visit her, marking the first time in 15 years the entire family has been under one roof. Josie (Genevieve Lemon) arrives from the United


Drama, Comedy

Christina Andreef

Jul 19, 2000

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (5) | DVD (1)

It hurls its humanity at you like rotten tomatoes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's not especially well-written: It shifts uneasily between grotesque humor and pathos.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
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The outcome is clear from the beginning. But getting there proves a rare revelation.

January 1, 2000
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Frequent indulgences in sentiment and caricature.

January 1, 2000
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Soft Fruit belongs ... to the divine Ms. Drynan, who plays a dying, unfulfilled, ordinary woman without embellishment or overstatement but with mischievous reserve and surprising sensuality.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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January 1, 2000
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An absolute delight. Heartfelt and surprising from the first minute, no beter film has left Australian shores since Romper Stomper. And yes, I'm including Shine in that.

March 25, 2003
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It has its own oddball virtues.

January 1, 2000
New Times

Not every quirky family story deserves attention, but Soft Fruit stands out.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Andreef has expertly captured family laughter.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Soft Fruit

A sad movie about kids coming home to their terminally ill mother, and dealing with old unresolved issues with each other, and the grumpy father.
July 15, 2007

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