The Dressmaker, film review

Recommending Director Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker now at Amazon Prime starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis. (2016, 119 min)

Kind of a mystery-thriller sort with a strong comic sense wrapped in whodunnit characters. Winslet is the headstrong Tilly Dunnage removed from a small Australian outback town at age 10 after she’s accused of murdering a schoolyard boy. Her single mother Molly (Davis) remained in town to rot alone in a filthy cabin. Tilly wound up in Paris and earned her reputation in fashion design. The film tells the story of her return to check on mom and understand her accusers when she has no memory of anything murderous.

None of the town’s odd characters – and they are all odd in some fashion – are a match for Tilly. The film’s unique fun is somehow a combination of carefully drawn weirdness and lit emotions. Somewhere at the film’s stretched seams is this bulging drive to right the wrongs of so long ago. Highly recommend.

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