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Praise (1998)

An unfocused twentysomething (Peter Fenton) moves in with a former co-worker (Sacha Holder), who is suffering from low self-esteem because of her weight, looks, and a case of eczema. Their ... See full summary »

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Peter Fenton ...
Gordon
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Cynthia
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Rachel
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Vass
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Leo
Yvette Duncan ...
Molly
Gregory Perkins ...
Raymond
Loene Carmen ...
Cathy
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Helen
Richard Green ...
Dave
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Sexual Health Worker
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Sophie
Paul Lum ...
Darren
Fiona Mahl ...
Darren's Girlfriend
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An unfocused twentysomething (Peter Fenton) moves in with a former co-worker (Sacha Holder), who is suffering from low self-esteem because of her weight, looks, and a case of eczema. Their relationship is based on unending drink, drugs, and sex. Curiously, though the two are presented in a tender and humorous light that lets the viewer get involved in concerned about their direction. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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$6,315, 2 July 2000, Limited Release

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$30,432, 19 November 2000
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A splendidly atmospheric filmic version of the best selling book by Andrew Mcgahan.
24 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Praise the movie is a splendidly laid back version of Andrew McGahan's award winning best seller. The movie traces the odd love story between Gordon, the asthmatic heavy drinking under-achiever, and Cynthia, his energetic and demanding lover.

Cynthia, to Gordon's panic, expects sex 'every morning and every night' - "exhausting" is the way Gordon describes her. Set against the seedy boarding house where Gordon lives, the film explores the world of the socially displaced, and the under-motivated. It also looks at the way which relationships can implode despite the best intentions of its players.

McGahan's book Praise was the first of the 'grunge'fiction which swept through Australia (and other parts of the world) in the early 1990s. Despite the somewhat depressing story, the characters are depicted both in print and film with love, honesty and clarity. The performances of the actors in the film help the audience to like them both, and regard them with affection.

This film is a wonderful insight into a life that for many people is baffling - and for that reason alone should be regarded as an important Australian film.


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