Beautiful Kate details
|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Bryan Brown, Sophie Lowe, Rachel Griffiths, Maeve Dermody, Ben Mendelsohn|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
|Collections:||Aussie Dramas, Films from Down Under|
|1hr 36 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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A sensitive yet unflinching portrayal of one familys struggle to overcome its dark pastBy eaxelrod (1 review) from London , 25 Aug 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Rarely do we see a dysfunctional family drama that so masterfully outmanoeuvres cliché and instead opts for gritty realism and sincere emotions. What Rachel Ward achieves in her directorial debut is a sensitive yet unflinching portrayal of one familys struggle to overcome its dark past, set against a stunning backdrop of rural Australia, where nerves are always at flashpoint. Ned Kendall (Ben Mendelsohn) is a reticent, middle-aged writer who brings his big-city (and much younger) girlfriend Toni (Maeve Dermody) back to his familys ranch to help sister Sally (Rachel Griffiths) care for their dying father (Bryan Brown). The film unfolds as two stories, one present, one told in flashback, and gradually we uncover Ned and twin sister Kates (stunning newcomer Sophie Lowe) troubled adolescence and sexual awakening, exacerbated by their fathers heavy-handed discipline and disconnect from his children. The tragic consequences of the complex relationships between these characters follow Ben into the present, where we watch him confront the secrets that haunt his childhood home. Brilliantly acted, beautifully shot, and perfectly executed, Beautiful Kate brings audiences into challenging territory, ultimately evoking empathy and a renewed faith in the possibility for forgiveness and redemption.
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Stunning FilmBy a customer , 01 Dec 2013Stunning film; a difficult taboo subject but Rachel Ward manages to make you see past this and connect with the characters. It's beautifully portrayed, and acted. I'm speechless...
A decent drama helped by a strong castBy JafarIqbal (94 reviews) from London , 28 Aug 2013A writer returns to his family home at the behest of his sister, to bid farewell to his dying father. Coming back to this remote and isolated place, he starts getting flashbacks of his childhood; and more specifically, memories of his beautiful twin sister. Soon, the memories awaken long-buried secrets from the familys past. Australian cinema isnt something Ive explored very much, but the country has produced a lot of great actors, some of which are on show in this very emotional, intensely-charged drama. Just by reading the synopsis above, you can see that this isnt a light, fluffy movie; its far from it. Were talking about repressed emotions, shouting matches, slow-burning tension, the works. All that could be done to heighten the drama, director Rachel Ward did it. Ward is an actor herself, which probably goes some way to explaining why she gets such good performances out of her cast. In particular, Mendelsohn (as Ned) is brilliant there are many shades of grey to the character, and he expresses it all very well. Youve also got Rachel Griffiths in there (of Six Feet Under fame) and shes predictably awesome. The big problem with this film, though, is that it just drags too much sometimes. Yes, its all being done to highlight the monotony and isolation of the place (and their emotions), but it gets a bit much sometimes. The central story is very intense, and I wanted them to get through it. Suddenly, everything slows down and Im left wanting. However, theres enough here to satisfy an audience member and, if youre able to put up with the slow pace, youll appreciate the payoff. Its a well-acted, solidly-directed movie. Worth a look, I think.
a beautiful filmBy a customer , 24 Aug 2013This is a very tender film - sensitively written and acted - and it deals with a difficult subject with grace and a lot of thought. I had difficulty with some of the dialogue, following the Aussie accent (and of course, no sub-titles) but all in all, a good film.
spellbinding and brilliant.By a customer , 28 Apr 2013beautifully written, acted, directed. will stay with you long after the end...a really difficult subject told with such intelligence and subtleness. Rachel ward deserves an award or three!
A Beautiful Film!By Mokky (21 reviews) , 08 Apr 2013Very good film, well shot, well acted and well directed by Rachel Ward, with good extra features too about the making of the film. The best Australian film I've seen in quite some time. It's based on a 1980s novel by Newton Thornburg set in a remote part of Idaho in the USA, and has been transposed to the Australian outback really well - the key point being how isolation affects family life.