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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Release Date:

28 September 1989 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Душечка  »

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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 »

Crazy Credits

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


Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »


With Every Beat of My Heart
English lyrics by M. Vaughn
Music by Carlo Rodruigez Rigual
Performed by Emma Jane Fowler
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Odd and wonderful
30 September 2013 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

First of all, I loved how this film was wholly unapologetic. It feels like the work of someone who's done what they wanted, without compromise. Still, this is not without its merits and problems. While the film stands out as odd and, as such, interesting without knowing more about it, I feel that it could have gained by using more traditional work on the plot, a little like Wim Wenders did on "Paris, Texas", or by Gus van Sant's "Paranoid Park", which are both odd films where the somewhat straightforward plots worked wonders without taking away from the unusual contents. Having said that, this film is filled with wonderful, everyday, never-before-seen imagery with wonderful human beings, a fresh view of presenting a film, photography where the object of a shot is rarely in the center of the image and a storyline that goes a bit all over the place - thank Bog for that. All in all: recommendable, and gets better as the film progresses.

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