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Love and Other Catastrophes (1996)

A day in the life of two film-school students trying to find love and another house-mate.

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Director: Emma-Kate Croghan
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Michael Douglas
Matthew Dyktynski ...
Ari
Alice Garner ...
Alice
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Mia
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Danni
Suzi Dougherty ...
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Professor Richard Leach
Suzanne Dowling ...
Dr. Russell
Torquil Neilson ...
Toby
Christine Stephen-Daly ...
Susan
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Zac
Alvin Chong ...
Alvin
Myles Collins ...
Myles
Antony Neate ...
Tony
Brigid Kelly ...
Brigid
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Two female students struggling to complete their university degrees seek a flatmate. At the same time Michael, a medical student, is looking for a new place to stay. Written by Ben Barnett <bhbar2@student.monash.edu.au>

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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28 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Ahava V'Tzarot Aherot  »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,807 (USA) (30 March 1997)

Gross:

$212,285 (USA) (27 April 1997)
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After its initial screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Fox Searchlight gave Emma-Kate Croghan another $400,000 to give the film a bit of polish. (The film's original budget of $37,000 didn't allow for much in the way of post-production.) See more »

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In the long drive with Mia and Alice in the car, the weather outside is bright sunshine when the camera is on Alice but dull (perhaps) cloudy when it is on Mia. See more »

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Alice: Now that I realize I've just been suffering from a simple psychotic depression, I feel strangely empowered.
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References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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Low-budget gem
23 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This low-budget comedy was the debut of Emma Kate Groghan and it remains one of the freshest Australian romantic comedies in recent years. Given the limitations of the budget, one would have expected it to fall flat at times; the opposite is true. The cast do a very good job with the offbeat script, most notably Frances Connor and Radha Mitchell. Set in a Melbourne University, Connor takes center stage in a tale of unrequited love and missed glances. The comedic element is often tempered with dark touches which makes a change from the usual limitations of romantic comedies. The end might be a tad obvious but it gels in well with the genuine feel-good nature of the film.


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