CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION: DVD
A mock epic black comedy, with its notions of comedy and tragedy, fact and fiction, is the strange story of a beautiful young Australian communist (BYAC) from the early days of the Cold War through to Australia in the 90s. BYAC makes a pilgrimage to Moscow, meets Stalin, accidentally kills him while making love and comes back to Australia carrying his love child. He grows up to be pretty pesky.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Peter Duncan's originality is marvellous, but I wish he could have stretched it just one more degree, and injected the bravura of his first idea into the second half of the film, where the son of Stalin struts the screen. Here, a bold, even bizarre lunge is needed to sustain the high flying act one. The film delivers chunks of entertainment, though, and looks expensive.
The inventive production design makes me think of loaves and fishes: how much you can do with so little money. I visited the set that was used for the wintry exteriors of the Kremlin, and saw first hand how crafty these craftspeople are.
Judy Davis plays Joan (Joan of Arc in a complex metaphor?) with great feeling for the character, and by playing the drama, she invests the film with its footing. Her ageing is AFI, BAFTA, Caesar and Oscar winning quality make up. As for Sam Neill, I think this is one of my favourite roles for him.
Published July 27, 2006
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CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION: DVD (M15+)
CAST: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh, Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Griffiths, F.Murray Abraham, Russell Kiefel, John Gaden.
PRODUCER: Tristram Miall
DIRECTOR: Peter Duncan
SCRIPT: Peter Duncan
RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Reel
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Reel
DVD RELEASE: July 20, 2006