An intelligent script, based on an anonymous autobiography, and charting the struggles of an independent woman in Depression-era Australia, gets an unfortunate sentimentalising gloss from Crombie's direction, which attempts to realign essentially tough-minded material with the prevalent trend to retro prettiness. Morse is fine as the abandoned wife who becomes a barmaid to support herself and her two kids, though her retention of plucky charm under her 'deviate' circumstances rings a little too good to be true.

By: PT

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Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Donald Crombie
Screenwriter: Joan Long
Cast: Helen Morse
Takis Emmanuel
Kirrily Nolan
Jacki Weaver
Jack Thompson
Lynette Curran
Melissa Jaffer
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