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Sweetie (1989)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geneviève Lemon ...
Dawn 'Sweetie'
Karen Colston ...
Kay
Tom Lycos ...
Louis
Jon Darling ...
Gordon
Dorothy Barry ...
Flo
Michael Lake ...
Bob
Andre Pataczek ...
Clayton
Jean Hadgraft ...
Mrs. Schneller
Paul Livingston ...
Teddy Schneller
Louise Fox ...
Cheryl
Ann Merchant ...
Paula
Robyn Frank ...
Ruth (as Robin Frank)
Bronwyn Morgan ...
Sue
Sean Fennell ...
Boy clerk
Sean Callinan ...
Simboo
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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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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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Far Beyond Us
Composed by Tony Backhouse
Lyrics adapted from the Jewish Prayerbook by Tony Backhouse
Performed by the Café of the Gate of Salvation Choir
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Things couldn't get crazier
30 March 2006 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Sweetie" (Australian, 1989): Jane Campion is one of my favorite "newer" film makers. (See "An Angel at my Table" if you like this one!) She has a unique vision on life, and most every aspect of the film is hers - from concept and writing to the directing. Although the production values have a low-budget look, the stories are so good, and so powerful, you quickly overlook this weakness. "Sweetie" is the story of Kay, a highly neurotic young woman who is totally uncomfortable with the "everyday" world. Because of a tea leaf reading, she makes decisions that will greatly affect hers and others lives. Yep, she seems close to crazy. THEN her sister arrives - Sweetie, with a mystery man. Nope, things weren't crazy before… but NOW they are. They couldn't get crazier now. Then their parents come into the picture.


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