Soft Fruit (1999)

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Critic Consensus: Critics say that while Soft Fruit might be difficult to watch -- dealing as it is with terminal illness -- it is an emotionally genuine, warm film. The ensemble cast are also praised for their excellent portrayals of a family.

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An Australian family with more than its share of eccentricities comes together and tries to set aside their differences in the comic drama Soft Fruit. Patsy (Jeannie Drynan) is the mother of four grown children who has learned she's dying of cancer. While her husband Vic (Linal Haft) is ambivalent about Patsy's condition, her kids are concerned enough to all visit her, marking the first time in 15 years the entire family has been under one roof. Josie (Genevieve Lemon) arrives from the United States with her Australian accent gone and two children in tow. Nadia (Sacha Horler), a single mother since her recent divorce, comes by with her son, but keeps sneaking off for assignations with her ex-husband. Vera (Alicia Talbot), who lives close by, is a nurse who is more single than she'd like to be. And Bo (Russell Dykstra) hangs out with a biker gang when he's not in jail; he's been released on special parole to visit his mother due to her condition. With the family together for a change, the sisters look after their mother, Bo sleeps in a storage shed, and Vic uses the fruit trees in the yard for target practice. Mom, however, has some ideas of her own about how she'd like to spend her final days. Soft Fruit marked the directorial debut of Christina Andreef, who previously served as an assistant to Jane Campion; Campion was executive producer for this project.
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R (adult situations/language, sex)
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Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Trevor Mills
as Smudge
Andrew Hunter
as Bikie No. 1
Marin Mimica
as Swifty
Walter Grkovic
as Janitor
Brendan Hill
as Funeral Guest
Samantha Kelly
as Funeral Guest
Daniel McGrath
as Funeral Guest
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Critic Reviews for Soft Fruit

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

It's not especially well-written: It shifts uneasily between grotesque humor and pathos.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

Frequent indulgences in sentiment and caricature.

December 31, 1999
Newsday
Top Critic

It hurls its humanity at you like rotten tomatoes.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Village Voice
Top Critic

Refreshing!

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

The outcome is clear from the beginning. But getting there proves a rare revelation.

December 31, 1999
Newsweek
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Soft Fruit

A little too offbeat for my taste, but I still found it to be an enjoyable film with terrific performances. Jeanie Drynan is particularly good. Nicely written. The cast worked well together and really seemed like a family, very well cast.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Nice.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

½

A sad movie about kids coming home to their terminally ill mother, and dealing with old unresolved issues with each other, and the grumpy father.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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