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Do I Have to Kill My Child? (1976)

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A young mother is lonely, cannot cope with her domestic responsibilities, and does not want her third baby. She desperately needs help but no-one will listen to her until the baby goes to ... See full summary »

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Donald Crombie
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Willie Fennell Willie Fennell
Brendon Lunney Brendon Lunney
Jacki Weaver
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A young mother is lonely, cannot cope with her domestic responsibilities, and does not want her third baby. She desperately needs help but no-one will listen to her until the baby goes to hospital with a fractured skull. Written by ScreenSound Australia

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Australia

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English

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Searing human drama about a woman crying out for help in a domestic situation way beyond her control
23 November 2001 | by uds3See all my reviews

This award-winning film depicts the plight of a young woman who takes out her frustrations on her baby, unable to cope with the rigors of motherhood.

Jacki Weaver is excellent as the woman cast adrift in a sea of complete desperation as she is presented with a third child she did not want (in too few years) and her resulting emotional breakdown sees her enter a new sphere of anxiety which culminates in her baby being bashed. Neither her husband, mother, neighbors or even clinic sister understand what is happening in their midst, until the baby is admitted to hospital with a fractured skull.

A serious and unpleasant social issue is deftly handled here and director Crombie has researched his subject well. Responsibly made and not far off essential viewing for prospective mothers, husbands, neighbors, clinic sisters etc.


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