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The Eye of the Storm (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 September 2012 (USA)
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Elizabeth Hunter controls all in her life - society, her staff, her children; but the once great beauty will now determine her most defiant act as she chooses her time to die.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

Judy Morris (screenplay), Patrick White (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Elizabeth Hunter
Maria Theodorakis Maria Theodorakis ... Mary DeSantis
Geoffrey Rush ... Basil Hunter
Jamie Timony ... Onslow Porter
Judy Davis ... Dorothy de Lascabanes
Bob Marcs Bob Marcs ... Queens Club Porter
Alexandra Schepisi ... Flora Manhood
John Gaden John Gaden ... Arnold Wyburd
Helen Morse ... Lotte
Robyn Nevin ... Lal
Jane Menelaus Jane Menelaus ... Maggie
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Dudley
Heather Mitchell Heather Mitchell ... June
Simon Stone ... Peter
Nikki Shiels Nikki Shiels ... Janie
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In the dead geographic center of American, a college student from California (Katherine Kendall - SWINGERS) must take refuge from a sudden storm in the Miller's farmhouse basement. The Millers-Irma (Blythe Danner - MEET THE PARENTS), her husband Dallas and their brooding 30 year-old son Billy, have secrets as turbulent as the storm that rages outside. They are trying to come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of their only daughter and Irma's delusions about the tragedy are further complicated by the arrival of the suspicious California coed

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

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Release Date:

7 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Derült égbolt viharfelhők között See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,785, 9 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,297, 4 November 2012
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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In real life Charlotte Rampling is only five years older than her screen son Geoffrey Rush and only nine years older than her daughter Judy Davis. See more »

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[first lines]
Basil Hunter: [voice-over] If it were writ upon a page, it could revolve around this day, the day my mother came to believe that being of a certain class entitles you die whenever you damn well please. Don't we wish...
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3 October 2011 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

It quite simply is a miracle of old money that this film exists. Not since the 'International cinema days' of the 80s has Australian film making produced such a splendid and intelligent film. If your cinema going has included such Australian quality films as CAREFUL HE MIGHT HEAR YOU or WE OF THE NEVER NEVER or PHAR LAP or MY BRILLIANT CAREER, or you yearn for the qualities of those, then EYE OF THE STORM is for you. The deep credits of 'extra thanks' detail who put money up for this, and every dollar of the $15m spent is on screen. Also reminiscent of great WB dramas of the 40s or even as literary as ALL ABOUT EVE, this new film from Fred Schepisi is prestige film making and a presentation of emotional intelligence of an era and a lifestyle that still exists in old moneyed mansions and bitter family brittleness. I live across the road from the avenue of Centennial Park mansions where the film is set, and I can vouch that there are streets of them in Sydney. Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis are impeccable and with Charlotte Rampling as Mother/monster make a three headed hydra of drama. The art direction and set design is as much a feature of the film as is Patrick White's bitter pill dialogue and the acting and casting itself. A feast for stage drama and theatre lovers, EYE OF THE STORM is (hooray!) an Australian film that is intelligent bitter and absorbing.


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