Sweetie

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Time Out says

Kay (Colston) fears darkness and the secret, stifling power of plants; her teenage sister Dawn (Lemon) is crazy, throwing tantrums at all and sundry, and dreaming, unrealistically, of stardom. When the latter and her bombed-out boyfriend (Lake) arrive unannounced at the suburban home Kay shares with her equally loopy lover Lou (Lycos), all hell breaks loose. Tragedy looms. And all the aforementioned is played, partly, as comedy. Campion's first theatrical feature is a remarkable, risky exploration of the weird and wonderfully surreal undercurrents that can lie just beneath the surface of everyday suburban life, ordinary folk harbour dark, unfathomable obsessions, phobias and desires, and a familiar world is unsettlingly distorted by grotesque close-ups, harsh overhead angles and narrative ellipses. Amazingly, as she veers without warning from black comedy to bleak melodrama and back again, she manages to make us laugh at and like her confused, barely articulate characters, so that her dénouement is simultaneously ludicrous and deeply affecting. Sweetie confirms Campion as a highly original movie talent.
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Release details

UK release:

1989

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Jane Campion

Cast:

Dorothy Barry, Jon Darling, Tom Lycos, Karen Colston, Genevieve Lemon, Michael Lake

Music:

Martin Armiger

Art Director:

Peter Harris

Editor:

Veronika Haussler

Cinematography:

Sally Bongers

Screenwriter:

Gerard Lee, Jame Campion

Producer:

John Maynard

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