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Jessica (I) (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  18 July 2004 (Australia)
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Young Jessica is sent to a mental asylum by her rotten family on a false pretense. Her only chance is a down-on-his-luck boozing lawyer.

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Young Jessica is sent to a mental asylum by her rotten family on a false pretense. Her only chance is a down-on-his-luck boozing lawyer.

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Apomeinaria enos erota  »

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Colonel: One more thing, the army grants 24 hours marital leave. Not in this case. Trooper Thomas will return to the barracks after the ceremony.
Hester Bergman: But it's their wedding night; it's uncivilized, forbided.
Colonel: It was her husband's wish. he said Meg should know she's the wrong sister
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Not as good as the book
21 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

This adaptation of Bryce Courtenay's "Jessica" is definitely not in the same league as the book, yet it's certainly enjoyable. A lot has been changed from the book, probably because of time constrictions, and although lovers of the book will be annoyed by this, the cuts leave no obvious plot holes or lack of characterisation. Leanna Walsman plays the titular character, yet unfortunately she doesn't quite seem to rise to the challenge. She's fine for this mini series, but she'll never be Jessica. We have two strong supporting male performances from John Howard and Sam Neill as well as two almost-as-strong supporting females playing Jessica's mother and sister. Wil Traval was great in his disappointingly small role as a mentally disabled man, and Natasha Wanganeen was plain excellent as Mary Simpson, an Aboriginal woman who becomes friends with Jessica and whose children are taken away from her. Even more amazing is the fact that this actress very young at the time of filming and had no children of her own. The beautiful Australian country side is featured prominently and all the period sets and costumes come across very nicely. I will recommend this mini series, even though I know a lot of people won't like it. It's an individual thing.


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