LAPDANCE LARRY
SEVENTIES SIMON
PHOTOGRAPHY
COMIC ART
INTERVIEWS
BOOKS
Sub-menu 1.2.1.1
FESTIVALS
EXHIBITIONS


     


Blessed

Based on the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, Ana Kokkinos’s Blessed is a claustrophobic film divided into two sections. After grabbing our attention with the hard-hitting Head On that featured Alex Dimitriades as a polarised member of the Italian community, Kokkinos then divided us with her self-conscious meditation on male rape in The Book of Revelation. It’s become a fashion with the director to search out the dark corners of society and her attraction to the dilemmas of isolated characters comes full circle with her latest project.
 

In the first half of Blessed, we meet the children. All at odds with their home lives, there’s Katrina (Sophie Lowe) and Trisha (Anastasia Baboussaras), two teenage girls with a preference for cutting school and shoplifting, Trisha’s brother Roo (Eamon Farron) who finds himself in the world of pornography and Daniel (Harrison Gilbertson) who, perhaps unjustly accused of stealing from his mother, runs headlong into a dark, liberating experience. Underpinning all this is yet another tale of two young runaways who may be teetering on the edge of tragedy. As ‘The Children’ section progresses, we meet their mothers who function as catalysts but it’s only when we meet these women up close that Blessed opens up.
 
Rhonda (Frances O’Connor), the pregnant mother of the two runaways, lives with the guilt that her various lovers may have impacted more on her children’s lives than she could have imagined. Daniel’s mother Tanya (Deborah Lee-Furness in a career-best performance) lives in an uncomfortable marriage with Peter (William McInnes), Katrina’s mother Bianca (Miranda Otto) is addicted to gambling and finally there’s Trisha’s religious mother Gina (Victoria Haralabidou), a seamstress, who lives in fear for her missing son.
 
As written, Blessed has the makings of a dynamite soap opera but ironies abound. It finds its strength in the deep-seated truth of what we know. Easily the most intense relationship of all is the one we share with our mothers and Kokkinos nails the portrayal within the context of the film. Like a velvet rope, there’s a remarkably delicate centre to this film yet at the outset it’s harshly coated. The people here, adults and children alike, are all feeling it, all trying to deny it, and as in most situations fraught with such anxiety, need to somehow explode to find the honesty.
 
Blessed finds that honesty too. Is Kokkinos trying to tell us today’s generation doesn’t know their families or, more simply, themselves? Consider the scene where Daniel forces his way into an old house only to be confronted by its occupant. It doesn’t end well but Daniel’s eyes are opened to himself and by a stranger no less. As I said, ironies abound, but there are none more exquisite than that final moment. Heavy-handed perhaps, but exquisite nonetheless.
Michael Dalton
www.iconmovies.com.au/blessed

Bookmark and Share



currently featured

COMPETITIONS AT MODMOVE

Serena Competition
Thanks to Pinnacle Films we have five double in season passes to give away to Serena - starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Serena sees Lawrence and Cooper together on the big screen again, this time in the adaptation of Ron Rash’s best-selling novel that mixes passionate love, tragedy, drama and tension against a gorgeous period background.
Read more >>

Pride Competition

Thanks to Entertainment One we have five double in season passes to give away to Pride - A rousing British crowd-pleaser in the spirit of Billy Elliot and The Full Monty!
Read more >>


Two Days, One Night Competition

Thanks to Madman Entertainment we have five double in season passes to give away to Two Days, One Night staring Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard!
Read more >>

Love, Rosie Competition

Thanks to StudioCanal we have five double in season passes to give away to Love, Rosie, a film based on Cecelia Ahern's bestselling novel "Where Rainbows End” - is a modern comedy-of-errors tale posing the ultimate question: Do we really only get one shot at true love?
Read more >>


Rock the Casbah Competition

Thanks to Pinnacle Films we have five double in season passes to give away to Rock the Casbah, fun dramedy about a family coming together following the death of their patriarch, the influential businessman Moulay Hassan (portrayed by screen legend Sharif).
Read more >>

Kill the Messenger Competition

Thanks to Transmission Films we have five double in season passes to give away to Kill the Messenger, staring Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner and based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb!
Read more >>


Dracula Untold
As a literary figure gets adopted into a film character, filmmakers take some extreme liberties. Nowhere has this been more prevalent that with the character known as Dracula.
Read more >>


Laneway Festival 2015
The 2015 Laneway Festival line-up has been announced, one of our favourites yet!
Read more >>


Forbidden Hollywood: The Wild Days of pre-Code Cinema
Hollywood’s transition from silent to sound cinema in the early 1930s delivered some of the most risqué films seen onscreen until those of the late 1960s. ‘Forbidden Hollywood’ celebrates this unique period of creative freedom which ended with the reinstatement of traditional moral values through the Motion Picture Production Code in 1934.
Read more >>


Cathedrals of Culture
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is delighted to present the Australian premiere of Cathedrals of Culture, an absorbing cinematic experience centred around six iconic and architecturally distinct buildings, which asks “if buildings could talk, what would they say about humans?”
Read more >>


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
- From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
The unconventional and playfully irreverent designs of Jean Paul Gaultier will be celebrated in the first international exhibition dedicated to this groundbreaking French couturier.
Read more >>


The Little Death
There are many things to commend filmmaker Josh Lawson for in regards to The Little Death.
Read more >>


Little May Australian Tour
Little May have already earned a nation-wide reputation for their emotionally connective, charged lyrics and smoldering hooks that have set them apart from many emerging bands.
Read more >>

Find modmove.com on Facebook


about modmove
What to know how we got started?
Read more >>
read the modmove blog
Check out all the random stuff that didn't make it to the website!
Read more >>
contact Us
If you have any queries or if you would like more information about modmove,
we would love to hear from you! 
Read more >>
join our mailing list
subscribe to the mailing list and receive the modmove newsletter.
search
search modmove for previous news and reviews.



     




Privacy Notice
| Contact Us | Site Map | Copyright © 2009 modmove.com | Entertainment and Popular Culture in Review at modmove.com