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South Solitary

South Solitary (2010)

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It's a dull and lifeless movie that doesn't have a place in the landscape of Australian cinema of 2010.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Onya Magazine

a moody period piece whose titular location is all at once tangibly real and evocatively figurative.

May 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

It is a beautiful thing to watch, even if the pacing feels a bit lopsided.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

South Solitary is perfect for those who prize art for its own sake and a perfect example of why the rest of Australia is afraid of Australian films.

August 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

It was Shirley Barrett who discovered Miranda Otto's gift for screen comedy and it is Barrett who is responsible for its re-emergence. It's been in hiding for a long time.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

South Solitary walks a fine line between tender drama and rueful comedy. As with all good tightrope acts, you can't take your eyes away for a minute.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The film's restraint and its embrace of uncomfortable, spiky characters are deceptive elements; there is a quiet audacity about South Solitary that's an unexpected pleasure.

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

This is a lovely film: droll, endearing and poignant, with an intoxicating sense of place that seeps into your pores

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Sunday Mail (Australia)
Sunday Mail (Australia)

Though beautifully acted and shot, South Solitary looks sure to be regarded as a decided acquired taste by many film goers.

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

It's like it goes forever, this monotony of life on the island.

July 28, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Stunningly photographed by Anna Howard, South Solitary is a very special film, both original and in its own way, quite a daring one.

July 28, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Meredith has a bath. Meredith milks a cow. Meredith chases a sheep. These scenes left me shaking my head with disbelief. Who could possibly find this interesting?

July 28, 2010 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Barrett returns in ship-shape fashion with an enjoyable tale of loneliness and remorse.

July 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Call me impatient, but the fact that so little happens in the film's latter half at such a ponderous pace, compared to the charm of the former, means the credits can't roll too soon.

July 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

What lurks behind the whirling winds and the stoic characters is a warm-hearted film that also happens to be as pretty as a picture

July 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

While the windswept locations are dramatic and the performances are touching, this simple story is too drawn out to be completely compelling.

July 26, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

While the film is subtle, nuanced and playfully charming at times, it lacks the scale and the dynamics to engage on the big screen for two hours

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The offbeat humour hits its mark although it often feels forced

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for South Solitary

Not at all the type of movie I would normally choose, but I loved "Love Serenade", and I was interested to see this one by the same director, and also starring Miranda Otto.
This is set in the 1920's and follows the story of a single woman in her 30's who goes to stay with her uncle on an isolated island after a small scandal back at home. It is quite a slow movie, and it takes time to build the characters. As usual, I was really impressed with Miranda, she really seems to do well with socially awkward and unusual characters.
I don't think this would be for everyone. It is, as I mentioned, a slow film, and at almost 2 hours, it could probably really wear out its welcome with those that need excitement from their viewing. But those that can have some patience and like characters with depth may find this rewarding.
June 19, 2011
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