Return Home

Return Home (Ray Argall, 1990) wr. Ray Argall; Dennis Coard, Frankie J. Holden, Ben Mendelsohn, Micki Camilleri, Rachel Rains; see also Eight Ball; two brothers reunited; AFI Best Director

Just a good little suburban social-realistic movie. Nothing much happens, and it feels good. This was shot on location in Henley Beach, an Adelaide suburb, at a service station on the corner of Military Rd and Henley Beach Rd. Google Maps in 2014 shows the servo to be still there, with a video store and cafe among the shops over the road. Ms Camilleri first name is variously spelt; I'm guessing she's related to the musician of that name, Joe Camilleri, as he is heard on the soundtrack. Rachel Rains only film ever.

Return Home is one of the most unpretentious films you are ever likely to see and yet it is extremely effective in observing the day to day struggle of a working class family. The film perfectly captures a summer in suburbia, the tree lined streets, the fair, the beach and the pier, and the enjoyment and security these cultural icons bring, all so close to becoming a paradise lost. ... The video transfer for Return Home is a little disappointing overall. ... The transfer is not particularly sharp, although it is clear. Many scenes displayed a certain softness that I found a little annoying at times. The fact that the film was shot on 16mm film and then blown up to 35mm later I don't believe contributes to the problem. MichaelDVD.

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