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Sweetie (1989)


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New Zealand-born filmmaker Jane Campion directs the darkly humorous family drama Sweetie. Thin and mousy Kay (Karen Colson) works in a factory and lives a dreary existence with her well-meaning boyfriend, Louis (Tom Lycos). One day, her sister Dawn (Genevieve Lemon) arrives with her so-called manager, Bob (Michael Lake). Nicknamed Sweetie, Dawn is everything Kay is not: boisterous, impulsive, and overweight. Kay is consumed with uptight phobias, while Dawn hangs on to her unrealistic childhood


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Oct 24, 2006

Avenue Pictures Productions

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (1) | DVD (9)

It's hard to sum up Sweetie, which happens to be one of the movie's strengths.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Jane Camion's stunning feature debut is a bold and audacious dark comedy about sexual politics and dysfunctional family relations.

December 27, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

...a highly visual domestic horror film, a sui generis experience

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

[Jane Campion's] first full-fledged, no-doubt-about-it, stone-cold masterpiece.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

a helter skelter ride through the offbeat life of a suburban Australian family whose youngest daughter is 'abnormal'

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The director manages to sustain the film's quirky emotional tone, much more important than sustaining a plot.

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A strong early effort from Jane Campion.

December 30, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

A sometimes gripping, sometimes funny, and sometimes maddening portrait of a family that cannot deal with their internal problems.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for Sweetie

Jane Campion's style is never going to woo the masses with broad appeal, but that's part of what makes her such a dynamic film maker. Sweetie is an odd bit of cinema that is both sentimental and detached. A quirky and imaginative motion picture.
January 29, 2011
Randy Tippy

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A difficult and somewhat disturbing film that explores the troubled relationship between two very different sisters. Dawn (Genevieve Lemon), known to her family as Sweetie, is a blowzy, overweight woman with serious mental health issues and delusions of grandeur who shows up at her sister's with a producer/boyfriend in tow. Kay (Karen Colston) is the other sister, a shy, socially awkward young woman who has managed to snare a steady boyfriend in the handsome Louis (Tom Lycos). Their father (Michael Lake) moves in as well, when his wife, the girls' mother, leaves him, further complicating the living arrangements. The story seemed a bit disjointed at times, with unexplained gaps making it difficult to piece together the narrative into a coherent whole. But, it is director Campion's first feature film, with a limited budget, and shows the promise of her later films. As an audience, we are inexorably drawn into the downward spiral as this fragile family unit fractures and falls apart. Lemon and Colston were totally believable as the sisters caught in a love-hate relationship, and completely unable to relate to each other beyond a most juvenile level. And Lake was spot-on as the father so blinded by his love for his daughter that e could not see how truly damaged she was. Campion has proved herself a master at depicting the family dynamic in tortured situations, and this film is part of that legacy.
August 7, 2010
Mark Abell

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The first film from Jane Campion and what a romp it is! Many have attempted the family dysfunction film and while there are many other attempts worth notint, Campion proves very early on in her career that she is up for the tastk.
October 31, 2012
John Ballantine

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