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Brilliant Lies (1996)

R | | Drama | 11 July 1997 (USA)
Susy Conner accuses former employer, Gary Fitzgerald, of harassment and unfair dismissal for failing to comply with his sexual demands. Relating the incident to conciliation lawyer, Marion ... See full summary »

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Susy Connor
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Gary Fitzgerald
Zoe Carides ...
Katy Connor
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Brian Connor
Michael Veitch ...
Paul Connor
Catherine Wilkin ...
Marion Lee
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Vince
Jennifer Jarman-Walker ...
Ruth Miller
Grant Tilly ...
Steve Lovett
Beverley Dunn ...
President
Brad Lindsay ...
Registrar
Barry Friedlander ...
Mr. Burton
Iain Murton ...
Mr. Hall
Tim Elston ...
Young Brian
Natalie Gauci ...
Young Katy (as Natalie Gauchi)
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Susy Conner accuses former employer, Gary Fitzgerald, of harassment and unfair dismissal for failing to comply with his sexual demands. Relating the incident to conciliation lawyer, Marion Lee, Susy comments that the trauma experienced should entitle her to a compensation payment of $40,000.00. Written by Anonymous

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The battle of the sexes is now all out war. To survive, you must tell Brilliant Lies

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Netz aus L├╝gen  »

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The end credits song, performed by Australian singer Kate Ceberano, with music by Nerida Tyson-Chew and lyrics by Richard Franklin, was nominated for Best Original Song for a Feature Film, Mini-Series, Telemovie or TV Series, at the 1997 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Awards. See more »

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Marion: Yes, as a married woman, sex and ecstasy do seem a startling combination
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Features The Apartment (1960) See more »

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE
from the album "Living On A Volcano"
By Mike Rudd & Bill Putt
Composed by M. Rudd, B. Putt & H. Rudd
Remix Publishing
BIB Productions Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Australia
M D S
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Good acting, mediocre script, LaPaglia spooked me!
14 October 2004 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

This tale of workplace sexual harassment is an interesting study on how people lie, cajole, and manipulate in order to get what they want. Unfortunately, the script glosses over too many potential areas of deeper insight, leaving the audience somewhat unsatisfied. Perhaps this is because it is based on a play - indeed, the dialogue and staging often resembles theatre more than usual film structure - and therefore the audience is expected to provide more of their own interpretation to fill in gaps left by the writer. The family dynamic and examination of parental sexual abuse is particularly poorly done; it felt tacked on and shallow.

I found the opening music to be entirely wrong for setting the ambiance of the film; the music is silly and light, whereas the film is not.

LaPaglia and the Carides sisters are fabulous in this movie. Gia Carides is good as a party girl who is desperate to convince an arbitrator and tribunal that she really was victimized by her boss, playing out the old "whatever we wear, wherever we go, yes means yes and no means no" chant. Zoe Carides does a wonderful job portraying the feminist sister caught between being supportive and wondering just how much of the story really is true.

LaPaglia is the nasty boss, and so thoroughly wonderful in the role that I got chills. I'm a LaPaglia fan and generally prefer it when he plays nice but flawed guys, so in this case his loathsome character really got to me. It's a testament to his mastery of his craft that I found it hard to look at him by the end of the movie - and this is a guy I have as my desktop wallpaper! In particular, a line towards the end of the film was delivered with such malice that remembering it is making me uncomfortable even this many hours later. It's not an easy performance to watch, but I do recommend it nonetheless.

The greatest comfort to combat the on-screen unpleasantness is that LaPaglia and Gia Carides are a seemingly happy married couple!

I would say that this film is recommended for LaPaglia and Gia Carides fans, but not the best sample of either of their work. The two were also together in Paperback Romance, which is a completely different genre but much more entertaining.


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