Sweetie (1989)




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Jane Campion's first film, Sweetie, is the bizarre story about two sisters, Kay (Karen Colston) and Sweetie (Genevieve Lemon). At the beginning of the film, Kay is tentatively beginning an affair with a young man, when Sweetie---her mentally disturbed, overweight and demanding sister--re-enters her and her family's lives, throwing everything into turmoil. Campion's camera work is original and off-kilter, often recalling the style of David Lynch. And, much like Lynch, Campion's story is odd and disconcerting, and won't necessarily appeal to all tastes.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Avenue Pictures Productions

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Geneviève Lemon
as Dawn/Sweetie
Tom Lycos
as Louis
Jon Darling
as Gordon
Andre Pataczek
as Clayton
Kristoffer Pershouse
as Boy in Tree
Jean Hadgraft
as Mrs. Schneller
Norman Phillips
as Nosy Neighbor
Paul Livingston
as Teddy Schneller
Ann Merchant
as Cheryl
Sean Fennell
as Boy clerk
Sean Callinan
as Simboo
Norm Galton
as Notary
Charles Abbott
as Meditation teacher
Diana Armer
as Melony
Barbara Middleton
as Clayton's Mum
Emma Fowler
as Little Sweetie
Ken Porter
as Lead Jakaroo
Warren Hensley
as Man handshaker
Doug Ramsey
as Sweetie's Funeral Attendee
Gerard Lee
as Lead Jackaroo
Shirley Sheppard
as Nosy Neighbor
Ben Cochrane
as Boy in Tree
Larry Brand
as Sweetie's Funeral
Cedric McLaughlan
as Sweetie's Funeral
Bruce Currie
as Man with Saw
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Critic Reviews for Sweetie

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

It's hard to sum up Sweetie, which happens to be one of the movie's strengths.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Jane Camion's stunning feature debut is a bold and audacious dark comedy about sexual politics and dysfunctional family relations.

Full Review… | December 27, 2011

...a highly visual domestic horror film, a sui generis experience

May 15, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

[Jane Campion's] first full-fledged, no-doubt-about-it, stone-cold masterpiece.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

a helter skelter ride through the offbeat life of a suburban Australian family whose youngest daughter is 'abnormal'

Full Review… | December 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

The director manages to sustain the film's quirky emotional tone, much more important than sustaining a plot.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Sweetie

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The feature debut of Jane Campion is to be admired and shows off her ability to take two completely different tones and mash them together. With that being said the clash in tones was too drastic for me personally. Especially the quirky off the wall comedy running into the disturbing mental illness stuff. But the performances by Colston and Lemon are very good. And it has more than a few quality moments.

Paul Pastoor
Paul Pastoor

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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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