Barry, a biblical scholar is married to Gloria, a self delusional televangelist with a thriving church franchise. Barry needs more human warmth, intimacy and love than Gloria can offer. Irina, a Russian immigrant has fallen into prostitution in Melbourne after leaving Russia to support her mother and daughter. A fellow Russian, Anton, with underworld connections, constantly threatens her world. Through his brother, Barry meets Irina and starts to confide in her and trust her. Barry works out a brilliant plot which solves all their problems. Written by
Paul Cox presents yet another brilliant and thought provoking film for fans of his work. Prompted by a comment he heard from a high profile tele-evangelist who said "God wanted me to have cosmetic surgery", or the like, and Paul was away with Salvation. Paul's clear view of the insidious nature of some of these self appointed authorities of faith, results in an hilarious script allowing a strong cast to weave a tale of mirth. The Australian cast is rich in talent including Wendy Hughes, Kim Gyngell, Bruce Myles, Natasha Novak, Alex Menglet, Chris Haywood, Terry Norris, Charles "Bud" Tingwell, Monica Maughan, Tony Llewellyn-Jones and Barry Humphries. Barry Humphries character and his depiction reduced me to tears. So moving and thoughtful. Watch for the many magic moments where Paul Cox allows you to share his eye for the special times and visuals this earthy world has to offer.
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