Sweetie

Sweetie is an original, audacious tragicomedy about two sisters, one who's afraid of trees but believes in fortune tellers, the other who's plump and plain and eager to make her mark in showbiz.

With:
Genevieve Lemon Karen Colston Tom Lycos Jon Darling Dorothy Barry

Sweetie is an original, audacious tragicomedy about two sisters, one who’s afraid of trees but believes in fortune tellers, the other who’s plump and plain and eager to make her mark in showbiz.

At the beginning, focus is on Kay (Karen Colston) who works in an undefined factory in the inner city. She becomes convinced that a man described by a fortune teller as the man of her life is Louis (Tom Lycos), who just became engaged to a workmate. Kay sets about seducing him (in the factory parking lot) and before long they’re living together in a rundown house in an unfashionable part of town.

Enter Dawn (Genevieve Lemon), known as Sweetie, Kay’s sister, who with her drugged-out boyfriend Bob (Michael Lake) simply breaks into the house and moves into the spare room.

Genevieve Lemon is so good as the overweight, slow-witted Sweetie that her part seems too small. Karen Colston is fine as the sensitive, constantly nervous Kay. As Sweetie’s tacky, somnolent boyfriend, Michael Lake steals his scenes.

Sweetie

Australia

Production: Arenafilm. Director Jane Campion; Producer John Maynard, William MacKinnon; Screenplay Jane Campion, Gerard Lee; Camera Sally Bongers; Editor Veronika Haussler; Music Martin Armiger; Art Director Peter Harris

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: Genevieve Lemon Karen Colston Tom Lycos Jon Darling Dorothy Barry

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