Proof (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 1991) Hugo Weaving, Genevieve Picot, Russell Crowe, Heather Mitchell; 86 min.
This is a gem: an insightful take on relationships between men/men/women in Australia, this is beautifully structured, and just a bit metafilmic. In 2016, NFSA is planning to restore it for digital projection.
Jocelyn Moorhouse directed only this one Australian feature film, before going to the USA where she directed How to Make an American Quilt and A Thousand Acres. She returned to Australia to make The Dressmaker (2015).
If there is a kind of movie I like better than any other, it is this kind, the close observation of particular lives, perhaps because it exploits so completely the cinema's potential for voyeurism. There are not good or bad people here, simply characters driven by their needs and insecurities into a situation where something has to give. What could be more interesting? Roger Ebert.
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