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July 19, 2017
Quite good Australian film about Judy Davis as a back-up singer for an Elvis impersonator stopping off in a small town only to befriend a local teenage tomboy who ends up being the daughter she gave up as a baby after the father had died. Written and directed by Gillian Armstrong, this is a smart character driven drama with a complex performance by Davis. Her character could easily have been a simply villainous character who eventually seeks redemption, but Armstrong and Davis make her character more complex than that. She's not just someone who gave up a child, but who may have actually done it for good reason for herself and the child, though that also may have been self rationalizing. It's that non-black and white presentation of the situation that makes this film so interesting. Claudia Karvan as the teenage daughter also gives a strong performance and is an equally well drawn, well rounded character by Armstrong, who is more than just a character simply wanting to know why she was abandoned. On the downside, I think the film was populated by too many colorful supporting, who were certainly entertaining, but who took away from the primary story. There's also the main contrivance of the plot the entire film centers upon, but let's not go there. Despite these minor quibbles, "High Tide" is a terrifically smart and engaging character drama.
August 5, 2015
This happens to be my favorite movie. Super performances from all the cast...and very well cast. Beautiful story and very well written. The movie info on this page is completely inaccurate though....I have no idea what movie they are writing about, but it certainly is not High Tide.
½ December 6, 2014
A film about a child's happiness being blindly unnoticed by a mother-in-law, and a former back-up singer eventually finding her child, despite being a gambling, drinking woman. What starts off as a film with the focus on an Elvis impersonator, is soon left behind with the main focus, a triangle family relationship with mother, daughter, and mother-in-law/aunt, comfortably taking over well. While Jan Adele can be all over the place, Judy Davis does manage to make this only a minor problem.
½ April 26, 2013
An emotionally gripping woman's pic about a woman accidentally discovering her past.
January 30, 2012
An unexpected enjoyable Aussie flick. Judy Davis performance is really well rooted, the independent and reckless woman she plays throughout the film up to the point where she is stranded thanks to her car in a caravan park. There she finds out her daughter is alive played fantastically and beautifully by Claudia Karvan. Jan Adele plays Karvans grandmother in the film who watches over the girl all her life upset to find out her dead sons wife is around warns her to not come near her granddaughter. Through it Davis character goes through dramatic change. Its just unbelievable how well Davis sinks into her character during the whole thing. A good film
December 15, 2010
This is one of my favorite emotional movies of all time. I have got to purchase the DVD.
November 26, 2009
A wonderful film in every way. Please get it out on DVD, someone!
½ October 29, 2008
More people should see this Judy Davis movie
½ July 17, 2008
she completely stole the film
June 2, 2008
Possibly Judy Davis' best
May 7, 2008
Not really a memorable film, but more of an example of the growing Australian cinema. Wonderful performance by Karvan, outshining even the eventual Oscar nominee Davis. Does have its emotional moments, but the empathy for the David character isn't really there.
February 10, 2008
Solid acting like this is always a treat. Highly recommend
½ January 25, 2008
A beautifully made, honest and emotional Australian drama with a terrific performances by Judy Davis, Jan Adele and then young Claudia Karvan. Gillian Armstrong's direction wonderfully done and the screenplay is extremely well written.
December 22, 2007
Claudia Karvan at her most beautiful, Judy davis not taking herself so eriously
August 6, 2007
Judy Davis. Nuff said.
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