Ladies in Black


Ladies in Black

Critics Consensus

Ladies in Black gleans socially relevant observations from Australian history with entertaining flair, embroidering a tale that touches on immigration and female empowerment with a fashionable pizazz.



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Set in the summer of 1959, when the impact of European migration and the rise of women's liberation is about to change Australia forever, a shy schoolgirl (Lisa) takes a summer job at the prestigious Sydney department store, Goode's. There she meets the 'ladies in black', who will change her life forever. Beguiled and influenced by Magda, the vivacious manager of the high-fashion floor, and befriended by fellow sales ladies Patty and Fay, Lisa is awakened to a world of possibilities. As Lisa grows from a bookish schoolgirl to a glamorous and positive young woman, she herself becomes a catalyst for a cultural change in everyone's lives.

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Critic Reviews for Ladies in Black

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (3)

  • "Ladies" is let down by a screenplay lacking the sharp wit and emotional depth to bring its characters and themes fully to life.

    Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • From our vantage point 60 years on, Ladies in Black offers a vision - idealised, but perhaps not wholly false - of a moment when it was possible to welcome newcomers to the country and the unfamiliar ideas they brought with them.

    Sep 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ladies in Black quietly but effectively points out the seldom-stressed positives of immigration and integration, and thus deserves attention far beyond its own native shores.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Sydney in 1959 is a different world for women altogether, in which men rule their roosts and their significant others aren't likely to question the status quo

    Jul 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This story of four women who work at a huge department store in Australia entertains due to Bruce Beresford's direction, the talent of Julia Ormond and the beauty of Rachel Taylor (looking like a young Grace Kelly).

    May 29, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • It's a film whose cast is utterly sweet and lovely to look at even if the movie feels incredibly thin.

    May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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