Unconditional Love


(out of 5)

plays a contented housewife whose husband () surprises her with the news that he’s leaving her. He’s fallen into a rut, it seems, and he wants more danger and excitement in his life, something he can’t have with her. No sooner is he gone than her favourite, Elvis-like crooner () is murdered in her fair city of Chicago and Bates is devastated. Deciding to take off to England to attend Pryce’s funeral, she ends up making friends with his supremely repressed sisters ( and among them) and, eventually, arriving at his home and meeting his valet ().  Imagine her surprise when it turns out that the valet is actually the deceased’s longtime companion, and imagine ours when they become friends who team up, along with Bates’s mouthy daughter-in-law, to solve Pryce’s murder. It’s one of the weirdest movies you’ll ever see, uneven in tone and completely unpredictable, but thanks to the actors is strangely enjoyable. It never makes a deep impression, but it’s quirky enough to amass something of a minor cult following in the years to come. Features a hilarious cameo by , calming people down on a turbulent flight by singing “Getting To Know You.”

Avery Pix

USA, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by P.J. Hogan,

Cinematography by

Produced by Jocelyn Moorhouse, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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