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A Month of Sundays (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 April 2016 (Australia)
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Miserable real estate agent Frank, whose business is failing and his relationship with his family is at an all-time low, meets by chance Sarah, a nice woman who reminds him of his mother. Their friendship starts healing him emotionally.

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Matthew Saville

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Matthew Saville
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Frank Mollard
Julia Blake ... Sarah
Justine Clarke ... Wendy McKinnon
John Clarke ... Phillip Lang
Donal Forde Donal Forde ... Damien
Patrick Graham Patrick Graham ... Adam Tregonning
Wayne Anthoney Wayne Anthoney ... Noel Lang
Henry Nixon ... Kyle Holland
Kylie Trounson Kylie Trounson ... Dr. Kylie Elliot
Indiana Crowther ... Frank Junior
Terence Crawford ... Stuart
Phil Harris Phil Harris ... Auctioneer
Kylie Thornley Kylie Thornley ... Julie Tregonning
Jake Thornley Jake Thornley ... Ben Tregonning
Nick Batzias Nick Batzias ... Greek at Auction
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Real estate agent Frank Mollard (Anthony LaPaglia) won't admit it, but he can't move on. Divorced but still attached, he can't sell a house in a property boom and much less connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother. Nothing out of the ordinary apart from the fact that she died a year ago! Written by David Bryson

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Rated PG-13 for some language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2016 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Month of Sundays See more »

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$654,116
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2.35 : 1
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The film's closing credits declare that this picture was: "Filmed on location in South Australia and at Adelaide Studios". See more »

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References Out of Africa (1985) See more »

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Lovingly presented. A rare opportunity not to be passed up.
20 April 2016 | by andrewbunneySee all my reviews

Real estate agent Frank Mollard (Anthony LaPaglia) can't move on. Divorced but still attached, he can't connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother who died a year ago. This leads him to explore his grief with wise elder, Sarah played by Julia Blake ('Man of Flowers', 'Prisoner', 'Innocence', 'Wolverine').

Set in the leafy suburban streets of picturesque Adelaide, it's a gentle tale of modern life during a real estate boom and of the human connection that makes a house a home. It is really about everything; parents, children, regrets, love, work, grief and ordinary people finding improbable salvation.

Adelaidey-odlians will find it especially poignant because it involves a nostalgic nod to the ¼ acre block with fruit trees that is rapidly being consigned to history. But with the superb cast, it's a very fine film, regardless. LaPaglia (ex-Norwood High School) and Julia Blake (at 79 years) are note perfect in the lead roles.

LaPaglia's real estate agent, Frank, is a sad sack with his rut deeply, sharply cut. All locations are described with his realtor's double-speak, even when he comes home to his Linden Park unit after work; "Needs a little attention, decorator's dream" etc.

Mixed with the serious themes, there's plenty to laugh at in Frank's interactions with his newly successful ex-wife played by Justine Clarke, and in his clumsy interactions with his son and potential home-buyers. His boss is played by ex-Kiwi, the beloved comic John Clarke who inevitably steals all his scenes with hilarious dead-pan contributions. There's also a hearing impaired element to the story which can make this film that rare, rich experience for the deaf community (in its closed caption version) and the wider audience.

With equal parts comedy, tragedy and heart-warming wisdom, writer director Matthew Saville (Tim Winton's 'Cloudstreet', 'Roy Hollsdotter Live' & Chris Lilley films) has created an understated masterpiece to sit alongside great suburban Adelaide films such as 'Travelling Light', 'Return Home' and 'Look Both Ways'. (Snowtown is in another genre!) Cinematographer Mark Wareham throws our streets and backyards onto the big screen with great understanding and skill, so best get yourself secure housing in Adelaide if you can, before the whole world sees this big-hearted film and comes a-bidding.

Andrew Bunney, Let's Go to the Pictures, 9-11 AM Thursday, 3D Radio, Adelaide 937FM, Digital, iTunes


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