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It's hard to sum up Sweetie, which happens to be one of the movie's strengths.
"Sweetie" is a film about people who can't cope with their emotions ... who don't know how to let each other in and will likely never figure it out. It is not an easy watch.
'Sweetie' is a rich black comedy told in dominant chords. When it resolves to minor, you can't help but be swept away.
Jane Camion's stunning feature debut is a bold and audacious dark comedy about sexual politics and dysfunctional family relations.
...a highly visual domestic horror film, a sui generis experience
[Jane Campion's] first full-fledged, no-doubt-about-it, stone-cold masterpiece.
a helter skelter ride through the offbeat life of a suburban Australian family whose youngest daughter is 'abnormal'
The director manages to sustain the film's quirky emotional tone, much more important than sustaining a plot.
A strong early effort from Jane Campion.
A sometimes gripping, sometimes funny, and sometimes maddening portrait of a family that cannot deal with their internal problems.
The first film from Jane Campion and what a romp it is! Many have attempted the family dysfunction film and while there are many other attempts worth notint, Campion proves very early on in her career that she is up for the tastk.
Jane Campion's style is never going to woo the masses with broad appeal, but that's part of what makes her such a dynamic film maker. Sweetie is an odd bit of cinema that is both sentimental and detached. A quirky and imaginative motion picture.
A difficult and somewhat disturbing film that explores the troubled relationship between two very different sisters. Dawn (Genevieve Lemon), known to her family as Sweetie, is a blowzy, overweight woman with serious mental health issues and delusions of grandeur who shows up at her sister's with a producer/boyfriend in tow. Kay (Karen Colston) is the other sister, a shy, socially awkward young woman who has managed to snare a steady boyfriend in the handsome Louis (Tom Lycos). Their father (Michael Lake) moves in as well, when his wife, the girls' mother, leaves him, further complicating the living arrangements. The story seemed a bit disjointed at times, with unexplained gaps making it difficult to piece together the narrative into a coherent whole. But, it is director Campion's first feature film, with a limited budget, and shows the promise of her later films. As an audience, we are inexorably drawn into the downward spiral as this fragile family unit fractures and falls apart. Lemon and Colston were totally believable as the sisters caught in a love-hate relationship, and completely unable to relate to each other beyond a most juvenile level. And Lake was spot-on as the father so blinded by his love for his daughter that e could not see how truly damaged she was. Campion has proved herself a master at depicting the family dynamic in tortured situations, and this film is part of that legacy.
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