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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 ...
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Boy Clerk
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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 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  »

Box Office


$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 At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »


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Composed by Tonya Sparke
Performed by the Café of the Gate of Salvation Choir (solo: Tonya Sparke)
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Saw this film a long time ago, but remember it like it was yesterday
26 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film left a lasting impression on me from when I saw it aged about 15. Upon many years of reflection I suspect that the two female leads are two opposed elements of the writer's psyche. One, the super-ego and the other the id. The super-ego is fraught with a sense of place in the world, and trying to make the best of the values it finds directly around it, and the id is a tangle of senses and memories, caught up in the deepest recesses of childhood. That's what I found most striking about this film. It's so ego-less. That is what gives it it's fractured, purposeless other-worldly quality. I did not 'enjoy' this film. It is not a fun film. I also remember the light. What amazing glaring, evil sunlight. I must get a copy and watch it again, to see if it's like I remember it. I thought that the acting, editing, dialogue and general sense of timing were totally bewitching. For a week after watching this film I still felt as though I had returned home from a strange, alien world. I had been immersed, albeit temporarily in an extraordinary place, complete and tactile. Amazing.

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