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It's absorbingly intriguing, emotionally involving and it will get under your skin. It may even still be under my skin. I'll just check...yes, still there.
Although it presents itself as a bastion of haunting thoughtfulness and a target of controversy, Beautiful Kate offers nothing more than familiar themes seen in plenty of Australian films before it.
A stylish and intriguing debut from Rachel Ward. However, despite its good looks, this film ulimately has little to say for itself.
A pedestrian Australian drama that's big on scenery and long, meaningful silences but short on story.
Beautifully acted and shot, this isn't comforting cinema but is bold and haunting, marking Ward out as a director of note.
A skilfully modulated drama that moves between timeframes and emotional pitches with assurance.
Not the easiest of watches but remains compelling thanks to Mendelsohn's sure evocation of a man whose life has been buffeted by the past.
Draws strong performances from a well-chosen ensemble cast.
The film is little more than an exercise in killing time until the inevitable scenes of tearful, shame-faced reconciliation.
A powerful tale of forbidden love, isolation and making peace with the past. Beautiful Kate is truly hypnotic.
Beguiles almost to the last frame.
Ward weaves a deft hidden family tragedy, but you'll see the revelations coming a country mile away.
In "Beautiful Kate," Ned(Ben Mendelsohn) travels to the outback to visit his long-estranged father Bruce(Bryan Brown) with his much younger girlfriend, Toni(Maeve Dermody), a waitress with dreams of acting, in tow. Bruce has conjunctive heart failure with only a short time to live and is cared for by his youngest daughter Sally(Rachel Griffiths) who also volunteers for the local aboriginal community. She has to leave for a few days, giving Ned more time to spend with his father and to think about his twin sister Kate(Sophie Lowe).
"Beautiful Kate" is a darkly engaging movie that takes its time moving through the landscape of memories with the help of natural performances and cinematography. Writer/director Rachel Ward handles the provocative material with sensitivity, allowing the viewer to understand what happened and possibly why but not pass judgment. Ned being a writer actually works here, as it is the kind of profession that Bruce would frown upon, thinking that the only kind of job for a man is where he works with his hands. And it would be so very easy to think of Bruce as a national champion rat bastard but that single shot of all four children around the dinner table hits home how hard it probably was to raise four children all alone after his wife's death.
An excellent drama that stirred me the wrong way... I'm puzzled, and to think that this is suppose to disgust me didn't, well, in the end it didn't. Morally it's insane yet innocently it seems harmless. This would of got just the 3 stars but I pushed in a half more for actually puzzling my view of this situation. I know what's right from wrong and yet I felt sorry for the true enemies or rather, the guilty ones.
I did not expect to be moved like that and feel something for this story but I was quite stunned in the end. I was actually not liking what was going on and then a sudden impact in the story started to sink in and now I was sad... I should be glad at what happened but I actually felt sorry for everybody even though they were all guilty for something.
A great Australian flick that builds up gradually. On the drama scale its a winner and for me, the story still lingered in my thoughts long after I saw the movie. Another film that I was 'Not Interested' in that I enjoyed surprisingly. Thanks to all those who kept recommending it till I finally said... Oh, alright then!
Wow, this was a dark movie. Definitely not for all tastes, and a little slow to get moving, but once the family secrets started to come out, just enthralling. I think this movie did a good job as even though it deals with something pretty much inexcusable, it does make you pause slightly and wonder who the real victim was, or if they were all victims. Acting is superb as well. Was particularly impressed with Sophie Lowe who plays Kate in flashbacks.
This Aussie drama of Rachel Ward's debut directional motion picture is interesting about a family so dysfunctional that you need another word for it.
When Bruce (Bryan Brown) and Ned (Ben Mendelsohn) go head-to-head, you're not just seeing two of Australia's best actors give their all, but a father and son unbotting a lifetime's worth of resentment and explosive rage. The supports are also flawless. As Sally, the youngest Kendall, Rachel Griffiths gives a grounded performance, while Maeve Dermody is excellent as Ned's sulky young fiancee, and Sophie Lowe proves that she's a talent to watch. With muscular direction from Ward (Brown's real-life wife), who adapted the screenplay from Newton Thornburg's American-set novel - this decidedly anti-popcorn movie does ultimately offer redemption and hope. It's an intense, disquieting experience - but a deeply rewarding one.
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