Radiance (1998)

RACHEL PERKINS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Australia, 1998.  AndyInc., Eclipse Films, Joanna Baevski & Michael Myer, New South Wales Film & Television Office, Premium Movie Partnership, SBS Independent, The Australian Film Commission.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1998.  

Three half-sisters gather at their mother’s home in the Australian outback after they find out about her death. Reunited for the first time in years, they are given the opportunity to rehash good and bad memories about their late relative, rediscovering their own bond with each other in the process. Director Rachel Perkins’ film debut is a strong character study full of three very challenging women: bitter Mae seems never to want to get over the bad aspects of her childhood, aloof opera singer Cressy just wants to get out of there fast, and zesty Nona just wants to shoot her mouth off about her sexual history in order to make everyone notice her. You’re convinced that these three ladies will never find the middle of the road, but through excellently played-out scenes they thankfully manage to do it.

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