In this offbeat comedy, an unlikely romance develops between a flamboyant, middle-aged piano tuner and an extremely timid office worker. In HD.

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Patricia Curnow
Norman Kaye ...
Peter Thompson
Jon Finlayson ...
George
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Pamela
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Bruce
Irene Inescort ...
Patricia's mother
Vic Gordon ...
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Ted Grove-Rogers ...
Peter's Father
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Wig Salesman
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Diana Greentree ...
Sally Gordon
Margaret Steven ...
Patricia's psychiatrist
Kris McQuade ...
Rosemarie
Maurie Fields ...
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Laurie Dobson ...
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In this offbeat comedy, an unlikely romance develops between a flamboyant, middle-aged piano tuner and an extremely timid office worker. In HD.

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This is a film about two people falling in love for the very first time. She's afraid it may be too soon. He's afraid it may be too late. See more »

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21 October 1982 (Australia)  »

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Close to the Heart  »

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This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »


Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
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Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Myrtle Roberts and Irene Hewitt, and also used as a theme throughout the film
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Forgettable
31 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching two of his films (the other being INNOCENCE), I simply cannot understand why Paul Cox is such an acclaimed director. I find his work uninspiring, wooden and dull. Lonely HEARTS is an insipid, slow, disjointed and uninteresting story. It is not a love story; there is no spark between the two principal characters. Things happen in the film without any explanation. The acting is average at best. The script is utterly empty. How did this win Australia's equivalent of the Academy Award for Best Picture?? Comes off as a second-rate TV movie.

I now see two recurring themes in these Paul Cox films: keyboard skills and rebound. INNOCENCE: an organist hops into the sack with his old girlfriend because he misses his deceased wife. LONELY HEARTS: a piano tuner hits the dating scene after his mother dies. I do not know what Mr. Cox's reasons are for using these themes but, from any angle, he is not a good storyteller.


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