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Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Dressmaker (2015)

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBAustralia, 2015, , .  Screenplay by Jocelyn Moorhouse, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 2015.  

Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker

A dusty Australian outback town in 1952 is thrown for a loop when Kate Winslet arrives in a glamorous dress and heads to the house on the hill.  In it lives a crazy old lady (Judy Davis) who is actually Winslet’s mother, surrounded by a group of people who are tied to a scandal from the young woman’s past that she has now come to straighten out.  Winslet sets herself up as a local seamstress, the image of her feminine mystique in Australia’s harshest terrain a gem to behold, turning the grubby young ladies into goddesses in gorgeous gowns, inspiring the ire of a few citizens who try to annihilate our heroine before she gets the revenge on them that they know they deserve. This charming oddity has beautiful visuals and a stunning cast, lorded over by a solid Winslet and the sexy chemistry she has with romantic lead .  It also has a few more unnecessary plot turns than it needs by the time it gets to its conclusion, and it hasn’t fully worked out all its comedic tones (‘s character belongs in a different kind of comedy considering that ‘s villain has real menace to her), but it’s the best film that Jocelyn Moorhouse has done in years and is well worth enjoying.

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