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When Love Comes Along (1998)

When Love Comes (original title)
Between getting trashed, tripping, blowing guys off and writing songs, Mark falls for Stephen. Fig and Sally put perform Marks songs between casual sex with anyone and everyone. Katie is a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Prast ...
Nancy Brunning ...
Sophia Hawthorne ...
Simon Westaway ...
Judith Gibson ...
Magazine reporter
Barret Irwin ...
Dreadlock guy
Yolan Moodley ...
Boy at club
Jon Brazier ...
Recording engineer
Celia Nicholson ...
Drunk woman
Grant Triplow ...
Lulu Alach ...
Lounge bar waitress
John Dybvig ...
Lounge bar man
Irene Drake ...
Lounge bar woman


Between getting trashed, tripping, blowing guys off and writing songs, Mark falls for Stephen. Fig and Sally put perform Marks songs between casual sex with anyone and everyone. Katie is a few-hit wonder who hit rock-bottom in L.A and returns to New Zealand to patch her life back together. Stephen, Mark and Katie branch out for a slumber party at a beach house of their better days. Fig and Sally arrive, and not long after Eddie arrives also (Katies American guy). Mark stops running away from Stephens love, Katie and Eddie get engaged and Fig and Sally ... have sex? Written by k wedgwood

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9 September 1999 (New Zealand)  »

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$3,242 (USA) (25 June 1999)


$3,242 (USA) (25 June 1999)

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Slight Plot, Strong Characters
3 October 1999 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

"When Love Comes" is, like many of the recent NZ films, is a "relationship" drama. The plot is slight, but not weak. Don't expect too much to happen- this is a film driven by characters, not by plot, and unlike "Saving Grace", does a good job of it. Obviously, a film like this will live and die on its cast, and thankfully "When Love Comes" boasts a strong ensemble. Rena Owen is good as washed-out torch singer Katie Keane, but Simon Prast shines as "Stephen". His performance is wonderfully understated (to those of us who remember him hamming it up in "Gloss"), and yet powerful at the same time. The weak links are Dean O'Gorman, who is quite good but isn't able to carry the film, and Simon Westaway, whose character Eddie is woefully underwritten- I'm not sure the poor guy knew quite what to do with the part.

"When Love Comes" puts a slightly different spin on the old "young guy wrestles with his homosexuality" to the degree that straight audiences will enjoy it too. However, I think the heterosexual relationship between Katie and Eddie is the least convincing, (possibly because of the problem with Eddie's character) and certainly lacks the conviction of the Mark/Stephen, Fig/Sally, and Stephen/Katie plotlines.

Otherwise, enjoyable.

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