A young girl's view on belonging and loss.A young girl's view on belonging and loss.A young girl's view on belonging and loss.
Plot's a bit clichéd but everything else about this movie is good.
Despite the clichéd, somewhat melodramatic plotting, the characterisation, performances, photography and sets of Caterpillar Wish make this an absorbing and entertaining film about the complexities of life and relationships in a small coastal town. The characters are inflicted with some degree of inarticulateness about their feelings and an inability to acknowledge the big issues in their lives and, although this device can be a bit obvious, the film skillfully builds its dramatic tension from this base. Victoria Thaine is wonderful as Emily, the only person willing to seek a solution to her emotional dilemmas, whatever the cost, and Susie Porter turns in another great performance as her mum, scarred by her past. The photography is beautiful, making the most of the rugged coastal setting and successfully captures the ambiance of small town Australia. I guess this film just struck an emotional chord with me when it could have easily slid into overthetop melodrama or saccharine pap. You could argue that the ending is a bit neat and cheerful, but I'm not adverse to a happy ending from time to time.
- Jun 3, 2006
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