Screening on Film
Directed by Jane Campion.
With Geneviève Lemon, Karen Colston.
Australia, 1989, 35mm, color, 100 min.

Jane Campion garnered international attention for her eccentric tale of a Sydney girl who must stand by while her overweight, messy, delusional sister, Sweetie, moves into the apartment she shares with her boyfriend. The quirky constellation of characters and situations that spin around the rival sisters include a vaguely mad father, hints of incest, New Age spiritualism, and an auto trip into a surrealist vision of the Australian West. Campion's first feature has often been compared to the work of David Lynch, but her themes owe far more to the influence of her favorite director, Luis Buñuel. For purists, Sweetie remains Campion's masterpiece.

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