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The Eye of the Storm (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 September 2012 (USA)
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Elizabeth Hunter controls all in her life - society, her staff, her children; but the once great beauty will now determine her most defiant act as she chooses her time to die.

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In the dead geographic center of American, a college student from California (Katherine Kendall - SWINGERS) must take refuge from a sudden storm in the Miller's farmhouse basement. The Millers-Irma (Blythe Danner - MEET THE PARENTS), her husband Dallas and their brooding 30 year-old son Billy, have secrets as turbulent as the storm that rages outside. They are trying to come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of their only daughter and Irma's delusions about the tragedy are further complicated by the arrival of the suspicious California coed

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Also Known As:

Derült égbolt viharfelhők között  »

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AUD 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,785, 9 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,297, 4 November 2012
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In real life Charlotte Rampling is only five years older than her screen son Geoffrey Rush and only nine years older than her daughter Judy Davis. See more »

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Basil Hunter: [voice-over] If it were writ upon a page, it could revolve around this day, the day my mother came to believe that being of a certain class entitles you die whenever you damn well please. Don't we wish...
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Lush and Beautiful Film
16 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

THE EYE OF THE STORM is the story of a dying matriarch and her estranged adult children, both of whom have been big disappointments to her. The "kiddies," as she calls them, come home to Sydney on word that their mother is dying. But the bittersweet reunion only stirs up old resentments and disappointments on all sides. Flashbacks fill in the story of the mother as she sinks into dementia.

Superb acting by Charlotte Rampling as the unchanging mother who lavishes her attention (and gifts) on her nurses and housekeeper while dismissing her own children as greedy moochers. Judy Davis plays the uptight Dorothy, a divorced woman who married a prince but retained only the title after her marriage crumbled. Geoffrey Rush plays Basil, the unsuccessful actor whose time for stardom has passed. They both wrangle with the unflinching mother and her lawyer and battle the house staff who treat them as enemies.

It's a battle of wills (pun intended) as the children fight the mother, who at the last moment tries to change her will to disinherit her own children after she learns of their plan to put her in a home.

The three stars of nothing short of superb. Helen Morse plays Lotte the housekeeper, who entertains the old woman with bits from her old German cabaret act. Alexandra Schepisi play the nurse with designs on Basil. John Gaden plays the lawyer. Colin Friels plays the sleazy politician.

The location cinematography is gorgeous. Directed by Fred Schepisi, based on a novel by Patrick White.

A long and engrossing film, well worth finding and savoring.


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