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Soft Fruit (1999)

Three sisters and their ex-con brother return home to nurse their mother, who is dying of cancer.

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Cast

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Patsy
Linal Haft ...
Vic
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Bo
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Josie
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Nadia
Alicia Talbot ...
Vera
Dion Bilios ...
Bud
Gezelle Byrnes ...
Elly
Jordan Frankland ...
Thomas
Cheyenne Dobbs ...
Gertie
Marin Mimica ...
Swifty
Glenn Butcher ...
Tony
Terry Weaver ...
Podge
Trevor Mills ...
Smudge
Barry Evans ...
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Storyline

For the first time in 15 years, all four siblings in a family show up to care for their dying mother, who is only given a couple of weeks to live. One comes from America with her two children. A divorced sister also comes with her child and sneaks off regularly to meet a mystery man who may be her ex-husband. The third & youngest daughter is an unmarried nurse aware of her ticking biological clock. The only son chases after his grumpy father who seems to not care a whit about his wife's circumstances. The four are also faced my their mother's dreams to accomplish a few things before she dies - to visit a beach she had visited in the past, to see her youngest married, and to visit Paris. She also wants to be embalmed and be honored with a 21 gun salute. Thus the whole group has to set off in the quest to fulfill their mother's wishes. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

28 October 1999 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Pehmeä hedelmä  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,051 (USA) (19 March 2000)

Gross:

$11,132 (USA) (26 March 2000)
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1.85 : 1
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Wuthering Heights
Written by Kate Bush
Performed by Kate Bush
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A gem of a sleeper from down-under.
15 September 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Soft Fruit" is a bittersweet Aussie flick about a terminally ill mother who summons her adult children to her bedside for her final days. Anything but a downer, this cross-genre flick shows us humor, poignancy, and quirkiness as we watch a barely functional and functional barely family deal with the passing of its matriarch. An enjoyable film, a critics darling, and a winner of some fringe awards, "Soft Fruit" is a worthwhile watch for those into flicks about working class Aussies.


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