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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Country:

Australia

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English

Release Date:

10 September 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Elveszett bárányok See more »

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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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: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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Written by Bertie Blackman and Neal Sutherland
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Left me with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye
22 September 2009 | by larry-411See all my reviews

I attended the International Premiere of "Blessed" at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Many of my favorite films have come from Australia, so I had high hopes going into "Blessed," and was not disappointed. This is just the kind of film I look for -- a sweet little gem that will make you laugh and cry.

"Blessed" follows five mothers and seven kids -- three boys and four girls -- aged 14-18, as they wander the streets after having run away or been abandoned by their parents. Left to fend for themselves, each teen's plight is poignantly portrayed by a talented young group of Australian actors culled from thousands. Mostly unknowns, I did recognize the terrific Harrison Gilbertson as Daniel, who starred in "Accidents Happen," one of favorites from this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The mothers are appropriately anguished at the apparent loss of their loved ones, not knowing whether or not they'll ever come home. The vulnerable teens fall prey to their own as well as others' desires, and there are enough twists and turns to add additional layers to an already compelling set of stories. "Blessed" left me with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye. It's a superb character-driven study of the bond between mothers and children.


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