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Sweetie (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 September 1989 (Australia)
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Based solely on a tea leaf reading, superstitious and introspective Kay believes she and Louis are destined to fall in love with each other, he who she is able to convince of the same ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geneviève Lemon ...
Dawn 'Sweetie'
Karen Colston ...
Tom Lycos ...
Jon Darling ...
Dorothy Barry ...
Michael Lake ...
Andre Pataczek ...
Jean Hadgraft ...
Mrs. Schneller
Paul Livingston ...
Teddy Schneller
Louise Fox ...
Ann Merchant ...
Robyn Frank ...
Ruth (as Robin Frank)
Bronwyn Morgan ...
Sean Fennell ...
Boy Clerk
Sean Callinan ...


Based solely on a tea leaf reading, superstitious and introspective Kay believes she and Louis are destined to fall in love with each other, he who she is able to convince of the same despite he just having gotten engaged to her co-worker, Cheryl. That destiny may change with the fortunes of what she sees as the next symbol of their relationship, a somewhat sickly elder tree Louis plants in their garden for their one year anniversary. Their relationship is placed under a strain with the arrival of Kay's formerly institutionalized sister Dawn - nicknamed Sweetie - and Sweetie's current boyfriend, Bob, who Sweetie believes will help her get into show business. Kay's pleas to her father Gordon to help get Sweetie out of her house go largely ignored, as he has never judged Sweetie, who he still sees as his performing loving little girl. Gordon is facing his own issues as Kay and Sweetie's mother, Flo, has just left him on a trial separation, their issues largely stemming from his ... Written by Huggo

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28 September 1989 (Australia)  »

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$938,065 (USA)

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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 »

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The credits first list Jane Campion as director and then there is a note 'For my sister'. See more »


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original and idiosyncratic
9 August 2005 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

an original vision..consistently followed through.

The humour is what sets this film apart (as well as lush and particular style of framing/lighting) that makes the film world of "Sweetie" feel idiosyncratic, nightmarish and lurid.

Whether or not it's your cup of tea, (and a pastel pink cup full of sacharine and strichnine is not everybody's cup of tea) it has to be applauded on a critical level.

Along with contemporary Australian classics "The Night The Prowler" "Strictly Ballroom" "Starstruck" and "The Cars that Ate Paris" this film was the innovator of what later became a formula for Australian funding models vis a vis...quirky.

But the early work was wonderfully dark and had a knowing sense of camp -- where later work failed.

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