My Brilliant Career
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
We are almost done with the 70s and have almost reached the cinematic treasure trove that is the 80s. That may be a bit optimistic, but it is the mindset I am going with.
Sybylla is a free spirited girl who longs for something more than 19th century Australia can give her. She is sent to live with her grandmother and is courted by two men. Meanwhile when I visit my grandmother, I never meet anyone younger than 90 years old. Anyway, one of the men is a childhood friend so we know who will probably win.
Australian cinema has really been disappointing and, unfortunately, the misery continues. Sam Neill and Judy Davis may be talented actors, but together they had absolutely zero chemistry. I do appreciate the idea that a woman in a movie can want something other than a man. Still, I expected Davis' character to be a tad more likable. I ended up finding the whole film rather dull.
If I could sum it up, I would say it was like A Room With a View, but slightly worse.
The producers, director, scriptwriters, costume designer, accountant, and bookkeeper were all women.
Judy Davis learned how to play the piano specifically for this film.