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Men's Group (2008)

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A handful of men join together in an effort to face their demons in this independent drama from Australia. Paul (Paul Gleeson) is the leader of a men's encounter and support group that meets once a week in his home. While the men don't know each other outside the meetings, the gatherings give them a forum to voice their deepest concerns and come to terms with their problems. The regular visitors to Paul's meetings include Alex (Grant Dodwell), who has a gambling addiction that's compromising his skills as a parent; Cecil (Don Reid), who has recently lost his wife; Freddy (Steve Rodgers), an aspiring comedian who is struggling with a divorce; Moses (Paul Tassone), a big man with anger issues; and Lucas (Steve Le Marquand), who hates and fears gays. However, all the members are thrown for a loop by the arrival of Anthony (William Zappa), a new addition to the group who is facing a personal crisis that forces them all to re-examine their assumptions. Largely improvised by its cast, Men's Group was an official entry at the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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All Critics (7)

a refreshing examination of the collective male psyche through pure drama

March 16, 2009 | Full Review…

In the end, despite its considerable shortcomings, Men's Group succeeds because it is moving and the problems of these men are addressed with such clarity and understanding.

November 19, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The key problem here is that the ensemble never really gels -- the tone of the performances is uneven and the pacing feels off.

November 7, 2008 | Full Review…

The performances are outstanding across the board, which is extraordinary considering that every single shot is a first take.

November 7, 2008 | Full Review…

My first reaction after I saw Men's Group was a deep feeling of awe at the depth and standard of performance in this country.

November 7, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The father/child relationship is at the heart of this extended psychotherapy session for an audience that is sucked into the group's brittle dynamic

October 31, 2008 | Full Review…

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