Seven lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home.



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Seven lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home.

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10 September 2009 (Australia)  »

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Elveszett bárányok  »

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This is the second time Monica Maughan has played Wayne Blair's (adoptive) mother. See more »


Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2010/11 (2010) See more »


Written by Mark McEntee and Christina Amphlett
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"Cinematographic, heart-shaped and down-to-earth..."
10 March 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Australian screenwriter and director Ana Kokkinos' third feature film which was written by dramatists and screenwriters Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Patricia Cornelius and Christos Tsiolkas, is an adaptation of their play called "Who's Afraid of the Working Class" from 1999 which they co-wrote with playwright Irine Vela. It premiered in Australia, was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival in 2009, in the Official Selection section at the 57th San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2009, was shot on locations in Australia and is an Australian production which was produced by producer Al Clark. It tells the story about a 15-year-old boy named Daniel, a student named Katrina, a brother named Orton, a sister named Stacey and a sister and brother named Trisha and Arthur whom has left their homes.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Australian filmmaker Ana Kokkinos, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated firstly by the children, lastly by the mothers and from multiple viewpoints, draws an increasingly reflective and heartrending portrayal of twenty-four hours in the life of five mothers and their children. While notable for its distinct and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by Australian cinematographer Geoff Burton, production design by production designer Simon Mccutcheon, film editing by film editor Jill Bilcock and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about ingrained relations between parents and children where a fashion designer named Gina worries about her son's whereabouts, an 18-year-old contacts a man he met at a party, a brother asks his sister about their stepfathers and two friends goes looking for new clothes rather than going home after their school day has ended, depicts multiple dense and interrelated studies of character and contains a great and timely score by Polish composer Cezary Skubiszewski.

This generational, situational, at times humorous, somewhat melodramatic and engagingly conversational drama from the late 2000s which is set in Melbourne, Australia in the 21st century, where a distinct and noteworthy filmmaker surpasses her previous feature films and where a pregnant mother named Rhonda is introduced to her new case manager named Gail, an old lady misses her son named Jimmy, and a single mother named Bianca encounters a generous father named Peter, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, mindful examination of its variegated and significant themes, graceful and rare scenes between Orton and Stacey and the acutely interconnected acting performances by Australian actresses Frances O'Connor, Deborra-Lee Furness, Miranda Otto and all the actors and actresses in the roles as the children. A cinematographic, heart-shaped and down-to-earth character piece.

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