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Only the Brave (1994)

Alex is in love with her best friend, Vicki, her mother has disappeared and she sets fire to things in her spare time. Vicki comes from an abusive home and wants Alex to run away with her. ... See full summary »

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Ana Kokkinos
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Elena Mandalis ... Alex
Dora Kaskanis Dora Kaskanis ... Vicki
Maude Davey ... Kate
Helen Athanasiadis Helen Athanasiadis ... Maria
Tina Zerella Tina Zerella ... Sylvie
Bobby Bright Bobby Bright ... Rog (as Bob Bright)
Mary Sifarenos Mary Sifarenos ... Athena
Peta Brady Peta Brady ... Tammy
George Harlem George Harlem ... Mr. Stefanou
Eugenia Fragos Eugenia Fragos ... Mrs. Stefanou
Nick Lathouris ... Laslo
John Brumpton ... Paul
Robert Price Robert Price ... Bong
Karen Hadfield Karen Hadfield ... Woman Poet
Don Bridges ... Skeet
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Alex is in love with her best friend, Vicki, her mother has disappeared and she sets fire to things in her spare time. Vicki comes from an abusive home and wants Alex to run away with her. Alex is a bit of a nerd and a teachers pet, so takes advantage of this by trying to seduce her drippy school teacher. Alex watches as Vicki, unable to escape her terrible home-life and an psychological wreck, sets alight to herself and burns to death. Written by K. Wedgwood

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1994 (USA) See more »

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Pickpocket Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Incredible Movie!
27 June 2001 | by markguszakSee all my reviews

"Only the Brave" follows two girls as they complete a "rite of passage", Australian style. Like Romper Stomper, the movie takes place in the suburbs of Melbourne. However, where Hando and Davey fought to try to preserve their surroundings and keep them like they are, these girls see their surroundings as a wasteland, with no future whatsoever. If anything, the girls want to destroy their surroundings.

The two girls have had horrible family experiences and desperatly want some kind of security and although they seek to find it, it is not out there. They burn inside to lash out at a society that they see as cold and uncaring. However, their impression of society is somewhat distorted from the reality that is really out there.

The film is very dark and bleak. Watching the film, you might think that the girls don't have as tough of life as they think they do. I suppose that is so, however this is common for many teens, regardless of the country they live in. Moreover, the girls have turned their vision so inward, that they cannot see all that is around them. Call it a teen angst film, but you will find yourself wrapped up in the events as they play out.


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