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The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 28 August 2003 (Australia)
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An exuberant, sharply satirical comedy about two parentally neglected teenagers who find the courage to believe in themselves

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Tony McNamara

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Tony McNamara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Brooking Jordan Brooking ... Young Placid
Ben Lee ... Placid Lake
Rose Byrne ... Gemma Taylor
Miranda Richardson ... Sylvia Lake
Lucas Fraccaro Lucas Fraccaro ... Bull (5 years old)
Cruise Moylan Cruise Moylan ... Angus (5 years old)
Zan Cross Zan Cross ... Lachie (5 years old)
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Doug Lake
Eleeza Hooker Eleeza Hooker ... Young Gemma
Yesse Spence Yesse Spence ... Jenny (as Jesse Spence)
Simone Cullinan Simone Cullinan ... Sharon
Socratis Otto ... Bozo
Toby Schmitz ... Bull
Nathaniel Dean ... Lachie
Stephen James King Stephen James King ... Angus
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Storyline

Precocious, bohemian teenager Placid Lake, finishes high school and decides to do the one thing that will annoy his new age parents the most--go straight! With a few weeks spent reading a library of self-help manuals, Placid has it all sorted out--and he has the haircut and the cheap suit to prove it. Can Placid Lake retire his rage in the pursuit of beige; embrace conformity and leap on the fast track to corporate success. Will his 'brainiac' friend Gemma be able to talk him out of this economic rationalist madness? And will poor Doug and Sylvia survive the ignominy of having a son with a burgeoning future in insurance? Never underestimate the evil of banality. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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for anyone who ever felt different... your hero has arrived. See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Virada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Placid Lake: I try to find the positives in my experiences
Young Placid: [dressed in a frilly dress for his first day of school, and about to be pushed onto the playground by his hippie mother] Mummy, I *can't*.
Sylvia Lake: Darling, just remember you're challenging their pre-conceived notions of sexuality.
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Andante
from Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No 21 in C major, K467
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Jenõ Jandó, Concentus Hungaricus and András Ligeti
Under license from Naxos
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Real surprising treat of an Aussie film
17 February 2004 | by data3See all my reviews

I went into this film knowing very little apart from that the main character had an unusual name, and it had Ben Lee and Rose Byrne in it. I came out the other end knowing quite a bit more, and feeling very positive about the whole experience!

This is not your typical Australian film, for example, it doesn't resort to having characters with really strong 'Ocker' accents, and not everyone is wearing stubbies and a singlet. It represents, i think, the more real Australia than is normally shown, and it does it so with quirky, original characters. Placid's (Ben Lee) journey in this film is interesting and funny to watch, as we see a young man searching for more stability to his life, while Gemma (Rose Byrne) tries to show him that stability isn't what he needs.

All in all, I enjoyed this film immensely and I know that certain scenes will be sticking in my head for a long time yet. Excellent work by newcomer Ben Lee, and the expected great work by Rose Byrne and Garry Mcdonald help this film to stand head and shoulders above a lot of the fare coming out of Australia these days. Top Effort.

(Note to those who like useless trivia/details - watch out for Ben's girlfriend Claire Danes' cameo around half way through the film. Blink, and you'll nearly miss it!)


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