This post-feminist drama about two sisters involved with the same man is beautifully acted and crafted, despite some script problems.

This post-feminist drama about two sisters involved with the same man is beautifully acted and crafted, despite some script problems.

Fortyish Beth (Lisa Harrow) works hard as a writer, bosses people around, lacks emotion and finds it difficult to ‘be part of a couple,’ which is hard on her French husband, J.P. (Bruno Ganz). Beth’s daughter by her first marriage, Annie (Miranda Otto), is a gangly teen on the brink of her first love affair.

Despite tension in the household, which also includes a lodger (Kiri Paramore) who romances Annie, everyone gets along until the return from overseas of Vicki (Kerry Fox), Beth’s younger sister who’s sometimes mistaken for her daughter.

The plot line isn’t very original, but the femme characters are observed and played with notable depth.

The Last Days of Chez Nous

Australia

Production

Chapman/AFFC. Director Gillian Armstrong; Producer Jan Chapman; Screenplay Helen Garner; Camera Geoffrey Simpson; Editor Nicholas Beauman; Music Paul Grabowsky; Art Director Janet Patterson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Lisa Harrow Bruno Ganz Kerry Fox Miranda Otto Kiri Paramore Bill Hunter
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