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2 Friends (1986)

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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Bidenko ...
Kelly
Emma Coles ...
Louise
Kris McQuade ...
Janet, Louise's mother
Peter Hehir ...
Malcolm
Kerry Dwyer ...
Alison
Stephen Leeder ...
Jim
Debra May ...
Chris, Kelly's mother
John Sheerin ...
Dead Girl's Father
Sean Travers ...
Matthew
Emily Stocker ...
Soula
Lynne Murphy ...
School Principal
Giovanni Marangoni ...
Renato
Benny Ulizzi ...
Sam
Rory Delaney ...
Wally
Lisa Rogers ...
Little Helen
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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 Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Two Friends (1987)
10 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

Jane Campion's first feature concerns a pair of girls whose friendship is fading away... and works backwards from there. The reverse chronology comes off as gimmicky and adds very little to the film. It does provide a more upbeat note to end on, but I think it would have been better accomplished via more of a flashback structure. But it works well enough, and the film is quite sweet with some genuine moments. I'd like to think the title has a double meaning, referring not only to Kelly and Louise, but also Louise and her mother, a strong relationship that was enjoyable to watch. The production feels a little flat, but there's a terrific whimsical sequence near the end, and the performances are endearing. A pretty nice movie, although again I could have done without the gimmicky structure.


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