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The Goddess of 1967 (2000)

"Goddess" stands for French "Déesse", the nickname of Citroën DS, the name of a famous car designed in the fifties. A young and well-situated Japanese man is dreaming of such a car, and one... See full summary »

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Rikiya Kurokawa ...
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Grandpa
Elise McCredie ...
Marie
Tim Richards ...
Drummer Boy
Bree Beadman ...
B.G. aged 9
Satya Gumbert ...
Marie aged 9
Tina Bursill ...
Esther
Dominic Condon ...
Mr. Hughes
Tim McGarry ...
Detective
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Barman
Harry Lawrence ...
Old Man in Bar
Masao Ishiguro ...
Noodle Man
Stephanie Daniel ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
Jean-Pierre Mignon ...
D.S. Sergeant (voice)
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"Goddess" stands for French "Déesse", the nickname of Citroën DS, the name of a famous car designed in the fifties. A young and well-situated Japanese man is dreaming of such a car, and one fine day he finds an offering on the net. He calls the seller (a man living in Australia), they agree upon the price and so he travels to Australia in order to buy the car. But when he reaches his destination, there's chaos all around: The seller as well as his wife lay dead in their house and a 17 year old girl lets him in and offers him something to eat. He walks out with horror but then comes back because he forgot to ask about the car... The girl lets him see the car, and then they start a 5 day trip through the outback, and, at the same time, a trip back in time into the early youth of the girl and into her family's chronicle. Written by Claus Horn

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25 April 2001 (Australia)  »

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References Le Samouraï (1967) See more »

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Piano Concerto in C Minor KV 452
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a difficult but worthwhile film
24 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rose Byrne's performance alone makes this film worth a look (it still airs occasionally on sundance). Actors who take on the challenging role of blind characters are nothing new- but to see a talented actress take to it with total commitment and still be very believable and not over the top is something special. Rose Byrne is brilliant here as B.G. and really shines in the more subtle moments, which are the primary driving force for this Clara Law film.

The theme of incest abuse and it's lingering affects through generations make for very heavy subject matter that would otherwise threaten to undermine the film's subtle tone - but it's told in flashback here and works surprisingly well. The comparisons of style to Wenders and Jarmusch are apt since it is precisely the more subtle scenes in this film that resonate more as the viewer gets drawn into the lives and past histories of this unlikely couple.

Not a perfect film by any means - the loving yet determinist, religious mother, Marie could have been fleshed out more, as well as the male lead - but the real gem here is Rose Byrne. Disregard the fluff roles from wicker park and troy, this is arguably her best performance to date.


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