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It doesn't matter how he died. Your father's death was not the sum of his life. It doesn't matter how life ends, it matters how it was. I couldn't give him my way of coping and you couldn't give him yours. Everybody has to find a way to face their own death, and life.
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I saw this new Australian film several days ago and I can't stop thinking about it. A joyful film about death sounds like impossible but this one does it, brilliantly. The acting is just right - not showy, doesn't get in the way of the storytelling, understated but terrific. The lead actress is wonderful, just perfect for the part - awkward, uncertain, and very funny. Some of the actors who appear in several scenes have no lines, or only a handful, but this just underscores the quiet intensity of the script.
It reminded me of some of Altman's best stuff, separate story threads that wind in and out of each other, sometimes intimately intertwined and sometimes very briefly touching. Can't think of any other movie it compares to very closely, State and Main would be the nearest I can think of, although this is less of a comedy and more a thinking and feeling film.
I've no idea if or when it's going to get released elsewhere, but catch it if you can.
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