The Last Days of Chez Nous
Last Days of Chez Nous, The (Gillian Armstrong, 1992) wr. Helen Garner; Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox, Miranda Otto, Kiri Paramore, Bill Hunter, Lex Marinos; 93 min.
Two sisters, but only one Frenchman - not to mention a father and a daughter - and my favourite 'tourism' scene.
... has met critical and commercial success, has sponsored a promising new writer-director ... David Stratton, Variety, 15 May 1996
It was both an incredible privilege and a little frightening to have The Last Days of Chez Nous selected by the NFSA for a new preservation print to be made and to be kept for posterity. A little frightening because to think so much time, twenty years, has already raced by and a little frightening to see whether the film now felt like history or if it had stood the test of time. But seeing the film again reminded me of how wonderful Helen Garner's script was and how acute, both sad and funny, her observations of people and relationships was and still is. It has definitely stood the test of time. Gillian Armstrong, NFSA Media Release, 29 July 2010
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