6.7/10
658
6 user 13 critic

The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992)

Vicki returns to her elder sister Beth's house in Australia after an affair in Italy. Beth, with a teenage daughter, has become involved in something of a marriage of convenience with ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
1 win & 12 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fires Within (1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Released after years as a political prisoner, a Cuban rejoins his wife and daughter in Miami.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Jimmy Smits, Greta Scacchi, Vincent D'Onofrio
High Tide (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour in a small town and finds her daughter in a mobile home park.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Judy Davis, Jan Adele, Claudia Karvan
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A documentary about the life of the Australian costume designer and three time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Ann Roth, Jane Fonda, Marc Eliot
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The fifth film in the documentary series about the lives, hopes and dreams of three lively, working class Adelaide girls since they were fourteen in 1976.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Kerry Carlson, Diana Doman, Josie Petersen
Starstruck (1982)
Comedy | Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Jo Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Kerry Carlson, Diana Doman, Josie Petersen
Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Peter Soffel is the stuffy warden of a remote American prison around the turn of the century. His wife, Kate, finds herself attracted to prisoner Ed Biddle. She abandons her husband and ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Diane Keaton, Mel Gibson, Matthew Modine
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ken Elkin is a randy young man who is told that the world is about to end. In a race against time, there's only one goal he wants to accomplish: bedding the love of his life, who just happens to be the local pastor's daughter.

Director: Bob Ellis
Stars: Noah Taylor, Miranda Otto, Arthur Dignam
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

Director: Ben Young
Stars: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An older woman does not speak to her daughter and detests everything about her. The only solace is with her regular visits to the doctor who drops her off along the road to spend her day in... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Ruth Cracknell, Elizabeth Crosby, Russell Kiefel
Love Serenade (1996)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station. D.J. Ken Sherry arrives from the hustle of Brisbane to run the ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Barrett
Stars: Miranda Otto, Rebecca Frith, George Shevtsov
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Beth
...
J.P.
...
Vicki
...
Annie
Kiri Paramore ...
Tim
...
Beth's Father
Lex Marinos ...
Angelo
Mickey Camilleri ...
Sally
Lynne Murphy ...
Beth's Mother
Claire Haywood ...
Janet
Leanne Bundy ...
Susie
Wilson Alcorn ...
Cafe Dero
Tom Weaver ...
Thief
Bill Brady ...
Mayor
Eva Di Cesare ...
Waitress
Edit

Storyline

Vicki returns to her elder sister Beth's house in Australia after an affair in Italy. Beth, with a teenage daughter, has become involved in something of a marriage of convenience with Frenchman J.P., and her rather prickly houseproud ways are causing frictions counterpointed by Vicki's more laid-back and indolent air. When Beth goes off on vacation to the outback alone with her cantankerous father to see if they can finally get to know each other, relationships in the household start to shift. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A story of love, lust and betrayal.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a moment of strong sexual language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ennen kuin kaikki päättyy  »

Box Office

Gross:

$830,405 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the fight between Beth and J.P. on the way home, J.P. makes a comment about a 'Drizabone'. 'Drizabone' is the brand name of a type of oilskin coat, much favoured by farmers and other rural workers. See more »

Quotes

Vicki: The Question is "Am I always going to stand back and not take what I want, just because it's yours?"
See more »

Connections

References Manhattan (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Donna Lee
Written by Charlie Parker
Performed by the Groovematics
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Terrifically acted study of a family
14 April 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Full of wonderfully acted, beautifully observed moments in the life of an unconventional family, this was called, by one critic, 'an Australian 'Hannah and her Sisters'. And to an extent that's not a bad description.

But this film is messier, less complete in it's vision and less bold in it's style. None-the less it's still entertaining, moving, and very worth seeing.

Bruno Ganz's half French, half German accent is a bit distracting (he's terrific otherwise), and, for me, the ending felt rushed, as if things had to get to a conclusion.

It's a film I'd actually wished had gone on longer, or had been willing to leave things less resolved. Once you start with the messiness of life, you lose something with a last minute switch to the neatness of movies.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?