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Based on the book by Rosalie Ham, a glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

The film stars Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving.

Having seen the movie without reading the book, I thought the movie was well done. Espically with buildings of the houses and the shops. As the movie is set in Australia and I live in Australia, the accuracy of the buildings is pretty accurate for the 50’s as I have still seen a number of buildings similar to those in the movie. What’s even better is that movie was filmed in Australia. This makes the accuracy even better for the landscape and buildings.

I loved some of the humour in the film and how it sometimes very subtle. I also liked that the filmmakers used flashbacks in film for what happened in the past more believable.

What I found somewhat annoying is that the actors Liam Hemsworth (Teddy) and Sarah Snook (Gertrude) are about 10-15 years younger than Kate Winslet and they’re playing characters that are meant to be around the same age but the characters of Teddy and Gertrude come across as 5-10 years younger than the character of Myrtle/Tilly (Winslet). I just found it really weird.

There were definitely a number of moments where I lost myself in the film and felt sympathy for one character and disliking another character and then there were other moments were I felt a couple of the actors were just sort of being themselves a little and just reading the lines but for the most the acting was good.

Apart from that I thought the film was really well and damn, I loved the ending. Not going to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it but damn it was good.


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