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There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.
There's no denying the film has real heart, buoyed by surprisingly strong performances from a mostly inexperienced cast who drew on their own lives in creating their characters.
Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.
The Australian film renaissance continues in style.
Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.
Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.
Mad Bastards is simply Australia's most impressive film since Animal Kingdom.
The story arc is a cringingly facile story of redemption which, but for the curious ghost of reality behind it, would have been pretty forgettable.
The over-reliance on score sets up an avoidant rhythm that begins to feel like a lack of narrative confidence.
The writer/director was Brendan Fletcher, it's his first feature and if there is a flaw with the film it is that the narrative is at times a bit confused. Despite that there's something very affecting about these Mad Bastards.
This is poised and meaningful Australian cinema, however we classify it.
While it tackles tough material, the terrific lead performances, stunning cinematography and uplifting score add up to a film that's pretty special.
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