Cactus (1987)

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Isabelle Huppert plays a French woman who travels to Australia after leaving her husband. Injured in an accident, Huppert is in danger of losing her sight. Her friends try to get her to "bond" with blind doctor Robert Menzies, who possesses a greenhouse full of cactus. In the big "Author's Statement" scene, Menzies likens his cactus to people who need special care, even though they seem to bloom only when neglected. The arrival of Isabelle's husband Jean-Pierre Mignon only serves to solidify the relationship between "human cacti" Huppert and Menzies.

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A qualified accomplishment ... Part and parcel of its limitations, though, is Cactus's genuine will to stand apart, offering rich textures and unexpected pleasures.

Jul 17, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It seems like a 19th-century Victorian tale.

Mar 30, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A wonder-filled Australian film about a love affair between two people characterized by a blend of caring and sharing.

Oct 13, 2001 | Full Review…

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