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Two girls, at 15; Louise, in a prestigious girls' high school, and Kelly, who was admitted but forbidden by her father to attend. This is the end of their friendship, and from here the film progresses in a backwards time line to a final freeze frame of the girls at the peak of their closeness. Written by
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Jane Campion made this film for Australian TV in 1985 and went to gain worldwide acclaim with The Piano in 1993. However, Two Friends is one of her earliest attempts at making a fully-fledged feature film. The deceptively simple story is about two teenage friends in Sydney , Kelly and Louise from different backgrounds who develop a strong bond, only for external circumstances and controls to disrupt that attachment. The coup de grace of the film is how Campion presents the story rather than what she shows us. The difference is crucial because the story is pretty basic to say the least; but the fact it is is told backwards, headed by monthly chapters, makes it a little bit special. The film demands to be seen numerous times in this sense to grasp the nuances of the beginning which is really the end and contrast it with the end which is really the beginning. By flipping narrative convention on its head, Canpion urges the viewer to be alert to what went wrong between the girls. It's a clever device that has inspired many film-makers, including a recent adherent, French auteur, Francois Ozon, whose latest release 5 x 2 follows the same narrative conceit but instead dramatizes the decline of a marriage.
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