South Solitary Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
May 7, 2011
a moody period piece whose titular location is all at once tangibly real and evocatively figurative.
Tim Martain
The Mercury
August 12, 2010
It is a beautiful thing to watch, even if the pacing feels a bit lopsided.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
July 30, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
July 30, 2010
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.
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
July 29, 2010
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.
Nick Dent
Sunday Mail (Australia)
July 29, 2010
This is a lovely film: droll, endearing and poignant, with an intoxicating sense of place that seeps into your pores
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
July 29, 2010
Though beautifully acted and shot, South Solitary looks sure to be regarded as a decided acquired taste by many film goers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 28, 2010
Stunningly photographed by Anna Howard, South Solitary is a very special film, both original and in its own way, quite a daring one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Michael Brown
Empire Magazine Australasia
July 27, 2010
Barrett returns in ship-shape fashion with an enjoyable tale of loneliness and remorse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
July 27, 2010
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 22, 2010
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 22, 2010
The offbeat humour hits its mark although it often feels forced
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
It's a dull and lifeless movie that doesn't have a place in the landscape of Australian cinema of 2010.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Giles Hardie
Sydney Morning Herald
August 8, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
July 28, 2010
It's like it goes forever, this monotony of life on the island.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
July 28, 2010
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?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
James Mitchell
Trespass
July 27, 2010
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.
Alicia Malone
FILMINK (Australia)
July 26, 2010
While the windswept locations are dramatic and the performances are touching, this simple story is too drawn out to be completely compelling.
Top Critic
Richard Kuipers
Variety
April 4, 2011
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