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Bathing Franky (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 26 May 2012 (Australia)
When an ex-con falls under the spell of a backyard magician, the illusion is shattered.


Owen Elliott

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Credited cast:
Henri Szeps Henri Szeps ... Rodney
Maria Venuti Maria Venuti ... Franky
Shaun Goss Shaun Goss ... Steve
Bree Desborough ... Susie
Michael Winchester Michael Winchester ... Raven
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jancita Day Jancita Day ... Young Franky
Brendan Madigan Brendan Madigan ... Tommy
Matthew J. Schelle Matthew J. Schelle ... The Driver (as Matthew Schelle)
Alexander Spinks ... Bindi
Letitia Sutherland Letitia Sutherland ... Donna
Ben Tranter ... Young Vincenzo


When Steve is released from prison, he is unable to connect with his girlfriend, as he is still haunted by his relationship with a fellow inmate. Taking a 'meals-on-wheels' job, he meets Rod, a wildly irrepressible older man, who is the full time carer for his invalid mother who, when not confined to a wheelchair, gets about on her modified ride-on lawn mower. Steve is captivated by the older pair's extravagant world of make-believe and a close friendship between the men develops. Written by Michael Winchester

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Unusual and touching
15 June 2013 | by Mathew WatersSee all my reviews

I just watched this on Bigpond movies not really expecting anything as I had never heard of it before, and it was thought provoking and touching. Not sure why such an average low rating on this site - although perhaps some people don't like some of the themes. Despite its dark nature at times, I found it surprisingly upbeat. Great cast too, especially the young lead who plays Steve. It also had a great soundtrack which helped set the tone of the film. It is a bit of a slow burner - I thought from the opening scenes it might be the usual Underbelly rip-off type Australian drama, but that's a bit of a trick as the film soon moves in a different direction. It's definitely a hard film to summarise - its quite a little story in some ways, but it really resonated.

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