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Blessed (2009)

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Seven lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home.

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Ana Kokkinos
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3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Frances O'Connor ... Rhonda
Miranda Otto ... Bianca
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Tanya
Victoria Haralabidou ... Gina
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ... Laurel Parker
Wayne Blair ... James Parker
William McInnes ... Peter
Tasma Walton ... Gail
Sophie Lowe ... Katrina
Anastasia Baboussouras Anastasia Baboussouras ... Trisha
Harrison Gilbertson ... Daniel
Eamon Farren ... Roo
Eva Lazzaro ... Stacey
Reef Ireland ... Orton
Melanie Beddie Melanie Beddie ... Young Laurel
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Seven lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home.

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Drama

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Country:

Australia

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English

Release Date:

10 September 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Elveszett bárányok See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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This is the second time Monica Maughan has played Wayne Blair's (adoptive) mother. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #7.1 (2010) See more »

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Elsie
Written by Mark McEntee and Christina Amphlett
Performed by the Divinyls
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A genuine masterpiece.
23 September 2009 | by David-240See all my reviews

Ana Kokkinos' Blessed is a heartbreaking tale of the love between mothers and their children, and is one of the finest achievements of Australian cinema. The flawless screenplay follows a number of characters through a single day, deftly telling their stories from different points of view until we develop a full understanding of the day's events. Geoff Burton's stunning cinematography focuses on unexpected things – a pattern on a wall, a flash of fabric – and then moves in close to the characters, creating a rich visual texture. The music of Cezary Skubiszewski is one of the finest movie scores of recent years, gently enhancing the drama and the brilliant performances of the actors. The entire cast is superb, but I must make special mention of Frances O'Connor, who gives the performance of her life, and the splendid Monica Maughan, whose brief appearance in the film is truly unforgettable. Blessed represents a triumphant return to form for Kokkinos, after the disappointing Book of Revelation, proving that the astonishing Head On was no fluke. Her uncompromising, insightful, deeply humanist eye makes her one of the most exciting directors working today. Blessed is a deeply moving film that you will never forget, and deserves to be showered with awards.


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