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The Price of Milk (2001)



Critic Consensus: Awash in random whimsy, The Price of Milk feels more forced and muddled than charming.

Movie Info

New Zealand filmmaker Harry Sinclair turns to a more rural setting with this modern fairy tale centering on two lovers, Lucinda ($Danielle Cormack) and Rob (Karl Urban), who live on a dairy farm in a quaint small town. On a standard errand one day, Lucinda accidentally hits an older woman on the road. The woman miraculously gets up unharmed and disappears, but soon afterward, Lucinda starts incorporating her fears into her current romantic relationship. In an effort to restore their romantic lives to a more exciting plane, Lucinda begins creating small conflicts on the advice of friend Drosophila (Willa O'Neill), hoping for instant results. One night, however, Rob and Lucinda are robbed by a Maori group, later revealed to be the nephews of the woman stricken in the car accident. The group steals a quilt, which Lucinda barters 117 of Rob's farm cows to get back. Meanwhile, Drosophila has attempted to steal Rob for herself, and Lucinda's plans turn out to work against her. Director Sinclair reportedly developed the story as an outline, with many elements devised as the film progressed during shooting.more
Rating: PG-13 (for drug use and sensuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Sinclair
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On DVD: Nov 19, 2002
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Critic Reviews for The Price of Milk

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (17)

Adds up to considerably less than the sum of its parts.

June 7, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Too bad that unconscious haunting quality is in no way conveyed by the story, which soon reveals itself not as magical but silly -- and even irritating.

Full Review… | May 4, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

I was never much convinced by the romantic chemistry between Rob and Lucinda.

Full Review… | April 27, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Seems to be grasping for lyricism and whimsy and just missing.

April 26, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Sometimes it's pretty openly treading water while inspiration flags. But there's more to like than dislike in The Price of Milk.

April 13, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Rather than being cute and magical, the film feels forced, a good joke that goes on way past the punch line.

April 6, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Price of Milk

A fairy tale? Sort of. 'The course of love never runs smoothly'? Definitly. Typical? NO. Want to see 98% of Carl Urban (give or take a bit)? Then YES. Fun to watch? Yes. What really is the most important thing in your life? Watch Lucinda struggle with that.

Glen Shrope

Ummmmmm. Hm. I don't quite know what to make of this one. A surreal, odd fairytale/love story. I guess. There are some neat visuals, particularly of Lucinda running across a hillside with her bright red sari trailing behind her. And some funny bits like Nigel the agoraphobic dog. I don't know. It's good-hearted enough, and if you're in the mood for an odd movie and Karl Urban's bare butt splashing around in a milk tank, well hey, why the hell not?

J Dean

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