Coming to theatres September 7th from Sycamore Entertainment and director Fred Schepisi comes a family dynamic that all leads to THE EYE OF THE STORM.
This film tells the story of Elizabeth Hunter (Charlotte Rampling), a defiant elderly woman with a colorful past. As illness strikes her, the help of the house that includes nurse Flora (Alexandra Schepisi), housekeeper Lotte (Helen Morse), nun Mary (Maria Theodorakis) and the family lawyer Arnold Wyburd (John Gaden) keep watch.
From whom, that would be from her own children. Elizabeth’s son Basil (Geoffrey Rush) is a flamboyant actor who sees the world as dramatically and as bohemian as his mother does. Daughter Dorothy (Judy Davis) as married into royalty as a princess. That fact doesn’t hide the obvious anger she has towards her mother.
Although the staff is loyal, it doesn’t stop their inner plotting as well when Flora meets Basil and Dorothy tries to confront her mother regarding a tragic romantic past. No one is getting answer from Elizabeth about the estate and everyone is on edge.
But Elizabeth has always lived her life on her terms – now that includes her death.
FINAL WORD: Rampling is seductive, straightforward and delightful as Elizabeth. This is a woman not to be trifled with, even when her bouts of memories come flooding in. Rampling plays this character straightforward and so very lovely. There is never any apology for what she has done in her life or what her children think of her now.
Rush as son Basil is exactly like mother Elizabeth. He is an actor I have always enjoyed no matter what the role and here, he once again proves why. Outwardly Rush portrays his character with a ‘nothing sticks to me’ attitude when truly everything has to the point of costing him memories.
Davis as the princess daughter Dorothy takes her royal role seriously trying to carry herself with elegance and grace. Being around mother Elizabeth puts Davis’ character into a tizzy with a hidden anger that has set mother and daughter apart for far to long.
Schepisi as Flora is a woman who not only wants to protect Elizabeth, but also set herself up for an easier life. Morse as German dancing housekeeper Lotte is funny even when she isn’t trying to be. Theodorakis as Maria is a nun that has her moments and Gaden as Wyburd truly does have feelings for Elizabeth and sees the family dynamic for what it is.
Other cast include: Jamie Timony as Onslow Porter, Bob Marcs as Queens Club Porter, Robyn Nevin as Lal, Jane Menelaus as Maggie, Billie Brown as Dudley, Simon Stone as Peter, Nikki Shiels as Janie, and Louise Siversen as Carol.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE EYE OF THE STORM three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I truly enjoyed the storyline, the dynamic, secrets, disappointments, dysfunction and the endings that lead to the ultimate beginnings. It is a witty black comedy with such hidden beauty.
The cinematography is so haunting in a place that is harsh and merciless on dreams. The story takes a moment to catch but it’s a journey so worth taking.
“It’s all a disguise till we are unburdened by death, which is our natural conclusion” is the most amazing statement to be made in the film. The film is based on a 1972 novel by Nobel Prize for Literature winner Patrick White and the film itself has earned acclaim and nominations. Random House Australia is re-releasing the book
In the end – in life we all see clearer in the eye of the storm.
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