Sweetie (1989)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

Australia, 1989.  Arenafilm, New South Wales Film Corporation, Television Office.  Story by Jane Campion, Screenplay by , Jane Campion.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Podcast: My Criterions.

Two sisters, as different as night and day, battle it out for superior hold of the family in Jane Campion’s startling feature film debut.  is level-headed, wise and respectable and finds love with  after she is told about him by a fortune teller. Her sister () is mentally disturbed, a child who never grew up and still does silly things to get her parents’ attention. When Lemon moves in with her during a bad patch, she sets off a chain of events that threaten to destroy Colston’s sanity. The story isn’t as interesting as Campion’s films would get later, but the unique visual style was there from the get-go.

The Criterion Collection:  #356

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

Toronto International Film Festival:  1989

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