Beautiful Kate (2009)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 5
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Release Date: Nov 7, 2009 Wide
Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 12,503
Celebrated British-born actress Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds, Against All Odds) makes her feature directorial debut with this unique and occasionally provocative drama, featuring longtime husband Bryan Brown and produced in Brown's native Australia. A loose adaptation of the 1982 novel by Newton Thornburg (Cutter's Way), it transposes the events of that roman from Chicago to an Australian farm. Ben Mendelsohn stars as Ned Kendall, a fortyish author who takes his young, slightly uncouth
Nov 7, 2009 Wide
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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.
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.
Ward weaves a deft hidden family tragedy, but you'll see the revelations coming a country mile away.
Beautiful Kate is engaging, strikingly shot and superbly acted, though the melodramatic and ultimately predictable plot feels a little overblown at times.
Beautiful Kate just keeps drifting along, its spells of passion and anguish, its sex scenes, its crude language, its occasional touches of horror lost in a miasma of dreamy mood swings and jumbled flashbacks.
Make no mistake, this is a well-worn structure around which to frame an intense and wordy drama. However, Ward keeps the tale's trump cards expertly concealed for as long as feasibly is possible.
Beautiful Kate is the best thing by far opening this week, and a memorable feature debut from Rachel Ward.
Part outback mystery, part kitchen-sink drama, Beautiful Kate is a remarkably assured directorial debut from Ward, who has honed her craft on short films.
Director Rachel Ward creates an beautiful, tender and delicate story, exploring a damaged family and complex social taboos - with Ben Mendelsohn giving the best performance of his career.
Helps redress a long-standing problem with Australian cinema by illustrating how fully developed, emotionally driven, three-act stories result in films that immerse you in their visions.
Audience Reviews for Beautiful Kate
- Ned Kendall: A man can live his whole life and never cop to his greatest achievement...
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