Annie's Coming Out (A Test of Love) (1984)

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This emotional true story is about Annie O'Farrell (Tina Arhondis -- who suffered brain damage at birth and as a result was later institutionalized with other children like herself, physically unable to mature past the age of 8 or 9, even though in chronological years they are much older. When therapist Jessica Hathaway (Angela Punch McGregor meets Annie for the first time, her interactions with the girl tell her that she has been misdiagnosed. Convinced that Annie's mind is functioning perfectly well, Jessica runs up against solid opposition from Annie's parents and has to bide her time until the girl reaches the age of 18. At that point, Jessica obtains an injunction to get Annie released from the home -- and begins her own session of therapy. Due to the non-fictional content of the film, the disagreements between Jessica and Annie's parents are sidelined, and, as in many other films of this type, the unusual court battles and subsequent change in the disabled patient are dramatic but not in keeping with the day-to-day reality of patients and clinical staff working to make small steps towards progress -- with never a chance for any miraculous recovery in the vast majority of cases. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
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PG
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Drew Forsythe
as David Lewis
Tina Arhondis
as Annie O'Farrell
Monica Maughan
as Vera Peters
Mark Butler
as Dr. John Monroe
Philippa Baker
as Sister Waterman
Liddy Clark
as Sally Clements
Wallace Eaton
as Dr. Rowell
John Frawley
as Harding
Simon Chilvers
as Metcalf
Pattie Alexeff
as David Carlos
Maureen Bailey
as Sister-in-Law
Stewart Bates
as Reporter
Bill Bennett
as Court Clerk
Kim Bilston
as Nurse
Nicky Coghill
as University Girl
Wayne Cull
as Brother-in-Law
Laurie Dobson
as Mr. O'Farrell
Sue Dukic
as Yugoslav Attendant No. 2
Edgar Michael Bravo
as Young Solicitor
Dean Gerrity
as Dennis
Jennifer Hearne
as Mrs. Hathaway's Sister
Kathy Kerry
as Yugoslav Attendant No. 1
John Larking
as Crash Driver
Andrea Milner
as Noelene
Ann Morgan
as Jessica's Sister
Jane Neilson
as Bronwen Jones
Julie Parker Benello
as Amanda Pile
Tom Stankovic
as David's Friend
Ann Sutherland
as Rowell's Secretary
Russie Taylor
as Phyllis James
Catherine Vincenzini
as Elizabeth Potter
Jenny Warner
as Rosie Hughes
Joy Westmore
as Receptionist
Colin Williams
as Jessica's Brother
Karen Wise
as Katherine O'Farrell
Angela Punch McGregor
as Jessica Hathaway
Carl Bleazby
as Bill Hathaway
Lyn Collingwood
as Mrs. O'Farrell
Judith Graham
as Mrs. Hathaway
Esme Melville
as Mrs. Arnold
James Wright
as Douglas
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August 30, 2004
New York Times
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A pensive Australian drama about work and meaning.

Full Review… | August 22, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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Full Review… | May 24, 2003
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