Lilian's Story (1998)





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Loosely based on the real-life story of Bea Miles, an eccentric character living in Sydney, this fine Australian drama tells the tragic tale of Lilian Singer, a woman whose cruel father placed her in a mental institution where she spent forty years. The story looks at the circumstances surrounding her commitment as a young woman, her childhood and life after she is finally released. In the opening scenes, Lilian leaves the asylum and is taken to a seedy downtown hotel frequented by prostitutes and other shady characters. Fortunately, the working girls prove friendly and sympathetic. Lilian becomes convinced that she is in love with a stodgy bank manager, but her love abruptly dies when he calls the police upon her. She next meets her long-lost lover Frank, who has unfortunately turned into an alcoholic and is unable to respond to her. As Lilian has more experiences, flashbacks gradually reveal the terrible things her father did to her. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Toni Collette
as Young Lillian Singer
Anne-Louise Lambert
as Lilian's Mother
Bogdan Koca
as Slav Taxi Driver
David Argue
as Spruiker
Barry Otto
as John Singer/Albion Singer
Jeff Truman
as Riser
Bob Maza
as Last Taxi Driver
John Flaus
as Frank Stroud
Ruth Cracknell
as Lillian Singer
Mary Regan
as Angelique
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Critic Reviews for Lilian's Story

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December 1, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Lilian's Story

Relatively mundane explanations for what we see sets the tone for the film, which consistently teases us with the prospect of true aberrance, but routinely settles on a more obvious vision of the world.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

While it got better at the end, it was too full of Shakespearean garbage to be of much value to me. A rare weak film choice from Toni Collette.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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