Beautiful Kate (2009) - Drama, Mystery

Hohum Score

17

Watchable

A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While ...

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Rachel Ward
Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 2 out of 28 found boring (7.14%)

One-line Reviews (21)

when you strip the film bare, there is not much there, lots of empty scenes to fill up the nothingness of the events.

I highly recommend it if you consider yourself an open mind person, because you should enjoy the kind of passion thats going to get injected to you.

The South Australian Flinders Ranges location for the film is absolutely stunning.

Worth watching though.

Rachel Ward's film mutates, very slowly; even cunningly, into a rich character study as people come and go in and out of one other's lives, the whole time this catastrophic back-story lingering over proceedings, a back-story that is at once confrontative and, yes, disturbing but always morbidly fascinating as twists and turns play out in the past tense culminating in how it is our lead is why he is.

The run down farm, a far cry from the bustling place of their childhood, is hauntingly symbolic of the father's failings and of the slow destruction of the family.

Absolutely stunning .

We're talking about repressed emotions, shouting matches, slow-burning tension, the works.

He brings with him his latest girlfriend Toni (Maeve Dermody), a city bred girl who quickly tires of the boring routine of life on the farm.

why always in the surreal empty landscape with the small good (or ill) willing community?

One of the MOST unexpected Gems I have ever seen.

Despite the depressing subject matter I found the film absorbing.

It's a much more compelling story in the past due mostly to Sophie Lowe's enigmatic performance.

That film managed to mix the emotions of rambling in inner hurt with the curiosity of a detective far better than this, and was thus more engaging.

events that are so predictable, that there is not one aspect left to the imagination.

If you are one of those 'attached' people, like me, then you will find an unexpected masterpiece.

However, there's enough here to satisfy an audience member and, if you're able to put up with the slow pace, you'll appreciate the payoff.

Cinematographer Andrew Commis has shot the film in widescreen, and he captures some quite evocative images of the beautiful Flinders Ranges locations.

Sophie Lowe gives fascinating performance .

The film is a journey towards the ubiquitous closure cliché.

The central story is very intense, and I wanted them to get through it.