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Passionless Moments (1983)

A collection of everyday awkward and embarrassing moments, each with an uneasy familiarity.


Jane Campion, Gerard Lee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Benton David Benton ... Ed Tumbury
Anne Berriman Anne Berriman ... Gwen Gilbert
Alan Brown Alan Brown ... Neighbor / Neighbor
Sean Callinan Sean Callinan ... Jim Newbury
Paul Chubb ... Jim Simpson
Sue Collie Sue Collie ... Angela Elliott
Haedyn Cunningham Haedyn Cunningham ... Board Member
Ron Gobert Ron Gobert ... Board Member
Elias Ibrahim Elias Ibrahim ... Ibrahim Ibrahim
Paul Melchert Paul Melchert ... Arnold
George Nezovic George Nezovic ... Gavin Metchalle
Jamie Pride Jamie Pride ... Lyndsay Aldridge
Gordon Quiller Gordon Quiller ... Board Member
Keith Smith Keith Smith ... Board Member
Yves Stening Yves Stening ... Shaun


A voice says, "There are 1,000,000 moments in your neighborhood; each has a fragile presence which fades almost as it forms." Ten such moments are dramatized, from a chubby man exercising and realizing that "sex" and "thing" go together to an ill, bored child discovering that most pieces of paper fit on top of a Scotties box. Along the way, a child races time, a matron thinks she hears a woodpecker, an unfaithful gay man wonders why his eyes can't focus on two depths simultaneously, Angela thinks about her uncle's pet pig as she eats pork, beer-drinking Ed recalls his school football days and vows to get back in shape, and a bachelor remembers his mother. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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early Campion vignettes
18 November 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This is essentially a student film by director Jane Campion. It's black and white. It's a series of vignettes narrated by the same man. Non of the moments are long enough to have lasting impact. The kid has a quirky idea. Eating pork is probably the most compelling mostly because it's about something real. The others are less memorable although I probably won't forget the half-naked guy exercising. As a student film, the black and white looks good and it has some interesting ideas.

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13 May 1986 (France) See more »

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Leidenschaftslose Augenblicke See more »

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