Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Australia, 1991. House & Moorhouse Films, The Australian Film Commission, Film Victoria. Screenplay by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Cinematography by Martin McGrath. Produced by Lynda House. Music by Not Drowning Waving. Production Design by Paddy Reardon. Costume Design by Kerri Mazzocco. Film Editing by Ken Sallows.
Jocelyn Moorhouse’s first film is still her best. A blind photographer (Hugo Weaving) puts his complete trust in his controlling housekeeper (Geneviève Picot) until he makes a new best friend (Russell Crowe in one of his most appealing performances). Lemon becomes jealous of their relationship, and eventually starts up an affair with Crowe that forces him to tell a lie to Weaving at a crucial turning point in the story. This divide in their friendship becomes the centre point of a playing out of conflict between these three completely disparate and fascinating characters. The personal intimacy of this tale adds to its hypnotic attraction, and the acting by all three is excellent.