The Eye of the Storm (2012)
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Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. But in dying, as in living, Mrs Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, The Eye of the Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships - and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them. -- (C) Official Site
Sep 7, 2012 Limited
Feb 25, 2013
Sycamore Entertainment - Official Site
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Has taken almost two years to reach the UK; you'd be forgiven for thinking it was far longer, given its sub-Joseph Losey pretensions and doily-like styling.
Too often the film's moods switch unsuccessfully between the abruptly serious and the broadly bizarre.
Rush and Davis are two of the best actors in the business, and their brittle gamesmanship and rue holds the screen. But the film is disappointingly lackluster -- a mild squall instead of a storm.
The film circles (slowly, like an overfed vulture) around the protracted death of a savage matriarch played, with no concessions to subtlety, by Charlotte Rampling.
It's a chilly, cruel film about characters that are difficult to like or warm to, and it obviously means a great deal to a country that for so long rejected its greatest writer.
It is funny and sad in patches, but never comes completely alive, perhaps because there isn't a single character with whom you can feel fully in sympathy.
Although the story holds much premise, The Eye of the Storm survives mostly off the performances of the leading cast members.
The movie proceeds at a measured and reverent pace, a little unfocused, but with intelligent performances from three heavyweight acting talents.
[A] handsome, if patchy, rendering of Patrick White's story of manipulation and dysfunction among the rich and selfish.
Director Fred Schepisi strives effectively to mine the gold in Patrick White's social study. Top notch performances from the stellar cast help him nail the book's citric tone.
Serious-minded, literate dramas are few and far between outside Oscar season, and until a tired third act, The Eye of the Storm just about manages to live up to its illustrious pedigree.
Had Merchant Ivory ever gone Down Under, they'd probably have fashioned something in the vein of this mannered chamber piece.
Audience Reviews for The Eye of the Storm
- Basil Hunter: Bless you darling, for your generosity.
- Basil Hunter: I can't really afford to piss off my mother at the moment.
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