Friday 30 July 2010

Beautiful Kate review

Beautiful Kate (15, 101 mins)
Director: Rachel Ward
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Writer Ned (Ben Mendelsohn) returns to his old outback home to see his dying father (Bryan Brown) in this handsome Aussie melodrama. We also get snippets of flashbacks to his twin sister Kate, who died some years earlier, and a slow reveal of the dark family secrets as it explores Ned and Kate’s relationship with each other and the hardnosed Brown. It’s a set up for recriminations that covers well worn ground and describing it as Tennessee Williams with kangaroos wouldn’t be too far off the mark. So while it offers competent acting and a nicely drawn, albeit familiar, group of characters, don’t go looking for anything resembling surprises. And with a tendency to drag events out somewhat, it’s ultimately a long journey to no real destination.

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