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Tempest Trap: Schepisi’s Latest Feature Never Quite Elevates Beyond Mild Blip on the Radar With his first film project since 2005 (and first theatrical release since 2003), Australian auteur Fred Schepisi has returned with an oddly unassured but worthwhile vehicle, The Eye of the Storm, featuring some top notch thespians, including the iconic Charlotte Rampling (her headlining presence more than reason enough to seek it out). But whereas there’s a bizarre heterogeneous triptych going on between its three main characters that never quite manages to congeal itself comfortably in the proposed narrative, the end result somehow manages to be a fascinating creature, one that perhaps will be remembered lovingly as an under seen title from Schepisi’s later filmography.

Based on a 1973 novel lauded as a literary classic by Patrick White, it’s 1972 in Australia and Charlotte Rampling stars as Elizabeth Hunter, an aged socialite on her death bed. Once »

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