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Roger Spottiswoode gives us the Sandinista Revolution, seen through the love triangle between American journalists Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy and Gene Hackman. Much of the best stuff comes from the supporting cast – Embassy buffoon Richard Masur, shady Frenchman Jean-Louis Trintignant, amoral mercenary Ed Harris.
Honestly I thought it worked really well, revisiting visibly aged if not matured characters, with plenty of visual flair and silliness and sadness. Anjela Nedyalkova was an interesting addition, meatier roles for Macdonald and Henderson were sorely missing, but McGregor, Bremner, Miller and Carlyle were all magnificent.
Children Of The Revolution
Pretty decent dark comedy about an Aussie communist (Judy Davis) having a brief tryst with Stalin which precipitates his death; from this emerges her son ‘Joe’ (Richard Roxburgh), who in time displays ever-more unignorable tics from his presumed father… From Peter Duncan, who late created the might Rake along with Roxburgh. Wonderful cast, including Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Griffiths, Sam Neill and F Murray Abraham.
Superb, gritty, depressing, beautiful, provocative, sweet Australian western, about an aboriginal girl who is found dead on the outskirts of a dusty outback township, and the aboriginal police detective who pursues the case (Aaron Pedersen). Absolutely a stand-out film – exhilarating stuff from writer-director Ivan Sen, who packs his cast with redoubtable scions of the southern screen, like Jack Thompson and Hugo Weaving, familiar genre faces like Robert Mammone, Damian Walshe-Howling and Bruce Spence, but also younger actors like Ryan Kwanten and Tricia Whitton.
Ivan Sen and Aaron Pedersen revisit their aboriginal detective Jay Swan, here in very different circumstances. Okay, so it does not match the majesty of Mystery Road, but if you hadn’t seen that one you would still be impressed by this one. Another nice cast, rounded out by the likes of David Wenham as a dodgy mining company manager, Jacki Weaver as a bent local politician, and Alex Russell as a morally uncertain local cop.