Millicent, a professional musician, lectures in music at a university and has a commemorative tattoo that stretches across her shoulder. When she decides to remove the tattoo, she encounters ghosts of her post-punk past who won't let her move on so easily. —Anonymous
Not Skin Deep
Is the vast stillness of the bay in Saint-Kilda very peaceful or simply deadly ? The past can weigh so much on the present that it becomes a burden and a tattoo can be as heavy as a corpse to carry on your shoulder. An astounding movie that will linger in your mind and senses thereafter. There is a classical Melbournian elegance in the beauty of the cinematography and the moments of suspense are so finely directed and edited that they are near unbearable. The original music and the visuals complement each other to great visceral effect. Lead actress Anni Finsterer expresses beyond "playing" the drama of high solitude that reigns supreme on the doomed mind.. ...And as cult wants it, we are offered -as a flashback and thanks to Mick Harvey- a never seen before footage of the Birthday Party live at the Crystal Ballroom.
- Feb 7, 2013
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