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Beautiful Kate (2009)

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A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While ... See full summary »

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A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While back home, Ned starts having memories of his beautiful twin sister and himself when they were children. These memories awaken long-buried secrets from the family's past. Written by IMDbDon

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Rated R for strong sexual content and nudity, language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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$4,300,000 (estimated)
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This is the first feature film of a Newton Thornburg novel to be made since Cutter's Way (1981), which was around the time when the "Beautiful Kate" novel was first published. See more »

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Sally Kendall: You want a cuppa?
Toni: Do you like being everyone's slave?... I'm sorry... You just do everything for everyone.
Sally Kendall: No, you're right. Tea's there. You can make it yourself.
Toni: I'm not saying you shouldn't... Don't you get sick of it, though?
Sally Kendall: Sick of what?
Toni: Well, fuck, if it was me, I'd leave the bastards to get on with it.
Sally Kendall: Probably bloody kill each other.
Toni: [Imitating Scarlett O'Hara] Well, Frankly, my dear, I'd risk it... Hmm.
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The best movie of 2009 (so far); unmissable
9 August 2009 | by (Scotland, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that Beautiful Kate is an acquired taste. I believe that it's a movie that'll either shock you or enthrall you. This will depend on how attached you can become to a film. If you are not one of those people, then you'll still find an interesting, yet disturbing, flick.

If you are one of those 'attached' people, like me, then you will find an unexpected masterpiece.

Technically, there is a lot of impressive stuff here. The direction, editing, production and cinematography are most impressive. The editing is the notable mention for the way in which the film blends together different timelines in such a seamless manner. So while the director performs brilliantly, I think it's the editing team who should step forward and take the final bow for creating something so cohesive. But South Australia must also take a bow for providing some spectacular backdrops which you will get to see as the movie progresses.

I think Kate will go down as a critics' favourite and I hope to see it win big at awards. Australia is the place to be for art-house films these days. Beautiful Kate is the pinnacle of modern Australian movies. In recent years we've seen the quality of Australian storytelling from 'Ten Canoes' all the way through to the likes of 'Kenny'.

If you liked this, then I thoroughly recommend you also see 'Last Ride' with Hugo Weaving.

To summarise, Beautiful Kate's dark subject matter is superbly crafted with technical and artistic skill that will lead you on a roller-coaster of emotion. Unforgettable. 10/10


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