Three Blind Mice (2008)





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A trio of sailors about to be sent off to war hit the town for one last party in this semi-improvised drama from actor and filmmaker Matthew Newton. Sam (Ewen Leslie), Dean (Toby Schmitz), and Harry (Matthew Newton) are members of the Australian Navy who have orders to board the HMAS Dignity and set sail for duty that will eventually send them to Iraq. With 24 hours of liberty before they report for duty, Harry suggests they hit Sydney and party. However, despite plenty of booze and a visit from some friendly hookers, it's hard for the men to relax and enjoy themselves. Sam isn't sure he can handle the stress of war, and has a one-night stand with a waitress (Gracie Otto) while wondering if he'd be better off deserting. Dean takes some time out for a dinner with his wife-to-be and her folks, but drinking loosens his tongue and he says some things he should have kept to himself. And Harry, the wild man of the group, doesn't seem so jovial when his day comes to a close. Three Blind Mice received its world premiere at the 2008 Sydney Film Festival.
Comedy , Drama
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IFC Films


Bob Franklin
as Warren
Jody Kennedy
as Esther
Pia Miranda
as Sally
Barry Otto
as Fred
Jacki Weaver
as Bernie
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Critic Reviews for Three Blind Mice

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

We've seen how they run. Now see if we care.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Urban Cinefile

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Full Review… | September 21, 2010
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

This is not, like so many films with Iraq as plot element, about the military's inhumanity to others, but its careless disregard for the wellbeing of its own.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Eye for Film

Defies expectation. This is an unpredictable landscape populated by fully three-dimensional characters, and it's entirely entertaining. This is the world as men live in it.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Jam! Movies

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Audience Reviews for Three Blind Mice

A bit cruddy, I will admit. This supposedly arty piece that played at festivals is the story of uninteresting sailors on leave who get up to "all sorts of trouble". We don't end up caring about them.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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There are three admirable things about "Three Blind Mice": Firstly, the use of language. Secondly, the staging. Thirdly, "Three Blind Mice" is not really about what it's about.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Has the feel of a 40-50s military men on leave for a night on the town film, down to the poker games and ladies talking dirty in French, yet is distinctly modern. Nor is it really a war film. That's really just the backdrop for a more comprehensive film. It sets the elements of a comedy, drama, and romance spinning together, yet doesn't let any one take over the film and interfere with the story. Although not as important, it also avoids cliches, including avoiding the use of the song, both in the story and the characters. That lack of use brings up another enjoyable element: its use of the unstated, uncompleted common expression.

Erik Prince
Erik Prince

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