A majestically dark story about an aristocratic family struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Amongst the bleak landscape of desolation, two young children, Otto and his sister ... See full summary »
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Jane Culley ...
The Mother
Ty Arnold ...
Otto
Samantha Browne-Walters ...
Vera
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Mister Griswald
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The Maid
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A majestically dark story about an aristocratic family struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Amongst the bleak landscape of desolation, two young children, Otto and his sister Vera, hunt daily for food. Meanwhile at home in an abandoned ship, their delusional Mother pitifully clings onto the faded glory of their former aristocratic lives, indolently aided by her shiftless Maid. Full of opulent memories and dark ghosts, their life is a sad shadow of the past as each character copes with the grind of daily survival in their separate ways. When the sublimely malevolent Mister Griswald, the only man to survive the apocalypse, unexpectedly drops in for dinner, he sets in motion the final act - revealing the shocking secret of their survival. Written by Scott Lawrence

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12 June 2001 (USA)  »

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Pate  »

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Visionary and poetic
15 November 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I caught this film at Raindance. It's a remarkable piece of work, full of life and poetry. It reminded me of Fellini and Greenaway in it's visual language and vivid imagery.

Pate was head and shoulders above the other films at Raindance, and more memorable than most films coming out of mainstream cinema. I only wish Hollywood would make films as rich as Pate, instead of the bland, formulaic 'blockbusters' they continual churn out. We need more imaginative and provocative films like Pate. I'm looking forward to seeing the director's first feature.


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